Storing Basil

Using a dehydrator or oven for drying works best with this herb.

Basil in Jar


    This will take 1-3 hours. Follow manufacturer’s directions. Once dried, remove the stems from the leaves.


      High temperatures will damage the herb’s essential oils. Preheat oven to the lowest possible setting, 140 degrees. Place basil on


    a cookie sheet, turn oven off and place sheet in oven. After one hour, turn oven back on for 10-15 minutes. Repeat every hour until basil is brittle.

Frozen Pesto Base
A great way to store your basil for year round use.
Combine 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves with 1⁄4 cup olive oil and a little salt and puree in a food processor. Freeze the mixture in muffin tins or ice cube trays and then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag.

Freeze Leaves
Spread the individual leaves on a cookie sheet and freeze.When frozen solid, place in airtight containers and return to the freezer.

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