Surprisingly, both cilantro and basil freeze very well. After cutting the leaves, preferably in the early morning while they are freshest, we mix them with a small amount of olive oil... just enough to coat the leaves. They are then packed into freezer bags and frozen for later use. The olive oil makes it really easy to separate the frozen leaves and also adds an extra flavor to the mix.
Basil Oil - I'm sure you've seen the little packs of basic at the grocery store. That and some oil is all it takes for make this fabulous condiment., that's perfect for a dipping sauce or a drizzle for steak, fish, poultry and a zillion other things!
My hubby was on Skype with his sister in NY last Saturday night. I was being nosey minding my own business while making sauce & meatballs while they chatted. Turns out, she was making sauce too. Imagine that? Eventually, I heard her explaining how our Aunt Loretta stores her fresh basil in the refrigerator for up to …
Here are instructions for How to Freeze Fresh Basil, a method I've used for more than 20 years. The frozen basil is great all winter in soup, stew, and pasta sauce, and this post has links to some recipes ideas to use your frozen basil. [found on KalynsKitchen.com]