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I have so much basil in my garden and have dried some, but still have loads. Can you freeze the fresh leaves?

asked by katiebakes about 5 years ago
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added about 5 years ago

Check out the herb society's website: they have a neat idea of how to preserve fresh basil in salt.


Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

added about 5 years ago

This blog has a cool technique -- the oil seems to protect the leaves from oxidizing:

added about 5 years ago

I have had success processing the leaves and then preserving with a little olive oil - in addition to freezing in larger containers, large ice cube trays work really well.

added about 5 years ago

Basil freezes really well. I learned this from a sicilian man who owns a pizza place near me. I don't do anything to it, just pluck the leaves and put them in a freezer bag. I found a bag in my freezer that was two years old and it was still very fragrant.


Meg is a trusted home cook.

added about 5 years ago

pesto without the cheese and garlic (they taste icky after being frozen) and freeze in ice cube trays, then pop out into a zip lock bag. Make sure your family likes pesto first.