How to Store:
- Insert the top leafy top into a small, clear plastic bag leaving the stem ends exposed.
- Make sure all the leaves are in the bag.
- Use a rubber band or large tie to secure the bag around the stems.
- Place the stem ends in a small cup of water and place in the fridge. (I like to use a cup so it won’t tip over in the refrigerator).
- I have kept basil fresh in this manner for a week or more.
- The leaves are very sensitive to water so make sure the bag is sealed securely and no water touches the leaves or it will go bad very quickly.
- Fresh basil may also be frozen, either whole or chopped, in airtight containers.
- Alternatively, you can freeze the basil in ice cube trays covered with either water or stock that can be added when preparing soups or stews.
- To dry basil, place inverted in a small paper bag which has been perforated with several holes all around.
- Secure the stems in the top opening of the bag with a rubber band or tie.
- Hang in a cool, dry, well ventilated spot until leaves are totally dried.
- Dried basil should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place where it will keep fresh for about six months.
Store Basil Like This In The Fridge:
Tips for Cooking with Basil:
Since the oils in basil are highly volatile, it is best to add the herb near the end of the cooking process, so it will retain its maximum essence and flavor.
Excellent Source of:
- Vitamin K
Very Good Source of:
- Vitamin A
Good Source of:
- dietary fiber
- Vitamin C
Recent studies have shown that Basil may contain the following health benefits:
- DNA Protection Plus Anti-Bacterial Properties
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects
- Nutrients Essential for Cardiovascular Health