Saturday, October 2, 2010

An abundance of Basil!

I had just finished putting the hoop house up for a late season crop of lettuce. In order to do so, I had to harvest the "last" of the basil.

There is no way I can use that up,  I like the fresh taste better that dried so I decided to freeze it.

First, pick off the leaves, it took a long time but sure smelled good!

Next I needed  to puree  it. The blender did not work very well, so into the food processor it went.

A little water to thin it,  the smell is heady!

Hard to believe it all broke down into a big freezer bag.

Squeeze out the air and lay it flat. It'll go into the freezer. Once set, I'll cut it into chunks. I suppose I could have used ice cube trays, but I only have one.

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  1. Very nice. I have always dried my basil and would have never thought to freeze it. I am sure it tastes much better this way. I have to wonder if you couldn't can it in small jars after it is chopped like this as well?

  2. I don't know Becky, You might need to use a pressure cooker to do that, I'd have to look and see for the future. Frozen works pretty well, in the deep of winter - thaw some out, some garlic and olive oil and it is a brilliant taste of summer!


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