Using a dehydrator or oven for drying works best with this herb.
- 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.
Spread the individual leaves on a cookie sheet and freeze.When frozen solid, place in airtight containers and return to the freezer.