Thursday, September 22, 2011

Preserving Basil

I went a “tad” crazy planting basil this year. This is a bed of basil in my

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yard. I have another one I didn’t take a picture of.  I think there are 10 plants here. I had another 8 plants in that other bed.

I have enjoyed very much having fresh basil in the garden to run out and pick whenever I wanted. When the basil started to bloom it was time to pick it all. I ended up with about 5 pounds of basil!


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It smelled amazing in our house. But picking all the leaves from the stems took FOREVER!!!

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In this picture you can see all of the basil leaves in the basket. I was pretty excited and slightly overwhelmed on what to do with all that basil. The first thing that popped in my head was pesto! So I made 3 kinds!!!


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This one is Almond Lemon Basil Pesto. It’s pretty much amazing. I bet you want the recipe, huh? I found it here.

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I also froze some. I took some basil and chopped it up and stuffed it in ice cube trays, filled it with water and froze it. When the ice cubes were done I tossed them in a zip top bag and now whenever I make a soup I can toss in an ice cube of basil!


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The last of the basil I dried in the dehydrator. The garage smelled amazing!


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I also decided to try to save the seeds. We let a few plants go to seed and hung up the seed pods to dry to hopefully save the seeds for next years garden.


I hope you have found some interesting ideas on how to keep the flavors of summer with you all winter long.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

It leaves me wanting to go smell some basil!


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