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Storing fresh basil

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  1. failsafe

    failsafe

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    I experimented with growning fresh basil,,,Sweet, Genovese, and Greek...I am trying to figure out the best way to dry and store my Basil, any ideas???By the way , the crop turned out really good...
    I have checked out all the way's of drying, that I am aware of,,,so any advice from Basil growers will be appreciated......
     
  2. lethal tupperwa

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    You can store it in the fridge in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel for about a week.

    But for bulk you need to dry it.

    Rubber band or tie bunches together after rinsing it.

    Hang with the leaves down in a warm dry space with air movement
     

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    Another thought is make Pesto.

    Put the leaves in a food processor with some garlic,salt, Pine nuts or walnuts enough olive oil to make it slightly soupy.

    Use with pasta and remember it is strong so add a little you can add more but it is hard to take out if you make it to strong.


    You can freeze pesto.
     
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    What LT said.

    Or...

    You can simply puree the basil leaves in olive oil in the blender. I freeze them in large containers (for pesto-making in the futurre) and I also freeze this mixture in plastic ice-cube trays. I only put about one-third in each cube department. I freeze them, pop them out, and put the "mini-cubes" in a plastic zip loc freezer bag and freeze.

    I use them as needed for tomato sauce. etc.

    It'd be a shame to grow all that beautiful basil only to dry it. Dry basil is cheap at the supermarket.

    SPEAKING OF FRESH BASIL...

    I'm enjoying "Caprese": sliced tomatoes topped with whole milk Mozzarella slices, fresh basil leaves and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil...sprinkled with fresh ground black pepper.

    It is sublime. :)
     
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    I also freeze basil as pesto made from fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in meal-size portions and ice cube trays.
     
  6. failsafe

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    Well, I think I have found something that works for me...I have tried the hanging method, the method of drying in between newspapers, and oven baking....to no avail...I have a Mr. Coffee dehydrator and it will dry the leaves to perfection in about an hour, I then let them sit for about 30 minutes, and then crumble and store in jars....
     
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    Gee, I would have never thought of a dehydrator ;g

    Signed,

    Miss Kitty, the Food Forum Moderator & Dummy ;e
     
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    Miss Kitty, don't feel too bad, I had forgotten I even had a dehydrator.....I found it behind my Lava Lamp and Ginsu knives...:)
     
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    I love my lava lamp ;b