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5 Ways to Store Your Basil To Keep It Fresher, Longer

BY TEAM AVA
MAY 29, 2020

Basil is the must-have kitchen staple that is incredibly aromatic and versatile. The challenge with basil is that whenever you buy it from the grocery store, it looks sad and limp. It never seems to keep long enough to use the entire bunch in your delicious recipes.

If you’re fed up with dead, wilting basil in the fridge, start growing your own and follow these steps to keep your basil from wilting in your fridge!

PREPARE YOUR BASIL FOR STORAGE:

1.   Start by giving your basil a quick rinse in a colander.

2.   Remove any dead or yellow leaves.

3.   Spread out some towels or papertowels flat.

4.   Lay your basil leaves out to air dry and pat them down.

Photo of Basil from Food52

1. STORE YOUR BASIL IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER

Use this method if you want to add fresh basil to your meals or garnish a salad.

1.  Optional: Lay your basil over a paper towel and roll it up. This will help absorb excess moisture that may cause the basil to wilt.

2.  Put your basil in an airtight container or a ziplock to store.

3.  Your basil can last up to a few weeks.

2. FREEZE YOUR BASIL LEAVES

Not looking to use your basil leaves yet? Freeze them to use up later!

1. Remove your basil leaves from the stem.

2. Blanche basil in a pot of boiling water for 7 minutes.

3. Remove the basil, and add it to a bowl of ice.

4. After 5 minutes take your basil leaves and lay them out to dry on a cloth/ dish towel.

5. Once dried, add them to a container or zip lock bag to store.

6. Basil leaves will keep in the freezer for a few months. 

Image of freezing basil with ice cubes in a bowl
Photo of pesto mixture in ice cube tray

3. MAKE FROZEN PESTO CUBES

Are you looking to make sauces, soups, or curries? Try this method - it will last in your freezer for 3 - 4 months!

1. Mix your basil in a processor or blender by adding 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp of olive oil.

2. Process the mixture

3. Put it into an ice cube tray to freeze.

4. DRY AND STORE YOUR BASIL

An easy, long-term method to keeping your basil for 2-3 years. You won’t have to visit the spice aisle

1. Spread out your basil leaves onto a baking sheet

2. Let them dry in your oven at 200 degrees or less for 2-4 hours until they are crumbly.

3. Any bit of moisture will create mold while it's stored.

4. Let the basil cool and then crumble it. Tightly seal it in a container and your basil will last for 1 year or longer.

Image of drying basil on a baking sheet
Photo of basil covered in a plastic bag

5. BASIL IN WATER

The perfect way to keep your basil fresh, vibrant, and green for up to a week. Place on your counter to garnish your meals.

1. Take your basil, trim the last inch off the stem, place the basil in a cup with a few inches of water and cover loosely with a plastic bag.

2. Leave your basil in a small corner of your counter changing the water every couple days. Basil hates the cold so don’t put it in your fridge. Your basil will last just over a week.

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