Basil Bliss

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The basil crop is ready and lush; planted under row covers, it allows water and sunlight in and bugs out. Beside making pesto and using it fresh in everything from potato salad to desserts (a future post), I like to freeze the leaves, unwashed (because once wet, forget it) and just damp wiped with paper towels and placed in sandwich size freezer bags as shown. Date and freeze. Use directly from the freezer in soups, stews, sauces and frittata. Not suitable for salads because when defrosted, the leaves are limp.

You can find a collection of great basil recipes here.

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J Woo said on August 20, 2014

Have you tried making pesto with basil flowers instead of the leaves? I heard it is better but I've never had enough basil to try. Just curious.

Looking forward to your future post on basil in desserts. I made Gordon Ramsay's recipe for pannacotta with candied tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar and it was delicious.