My basil plants are producing very well this year. I decided it was time to do some preserving. Generally speaking you can get at least four major harvests of basil leaves during the growing season from one plant. When I see flower buds forming, I go into harvest mode. This encourages new growth and more harvests for the future! I also have a basil plant in a pot on my back deck, I use this for cooking, as it is just outside the back door near my kitchen. Great for quick access!
Chopping the leaves and placing them in ice cube trays.
I wash the basil leaves, chop them, and place them into ice cube trays. The trays are then placed in the freezer until the cubes are frozen. I then pop out the cubes and place them in a freezer bag. I add the cubes, as needed, to sauces, soups, and other culinary creations!
I have also made a lot of pesto as well! I keep some in the refrigerator to use and then I freeze the extra! It is very nice to have some "fresh" pesto in the dead of winter!
In the trays, water added, and ready for the freezer!