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Friday, September 16, 2016

freezing basil and a little vacation

I am back from a splendid "vacation" visiting my daughter and three grandchildren (and the cats and doggie) in their lovely house in Minneapolis. It was truly a wonderful visit, in spite of the alarming moment when the puppy Maisie ran away (found a few blocks away hanging out with a little brewfest party:), and the sigh when I realized, yes.  The three year old still bellows his rising and shining at 4 or 5 am.  I was thrilled to find the lavender turtleheads flowering in the side yard, right on schedule as it is in New Hampshire.

Now back at my place, and checking on my basil in my little garden, I saw the first golden leaf beside the bush.   First an inhaling of that wonderful scent, and then snipping away to fill a bowlful of those gorgeous, fragrant leaves.  It rained last night, but by afternoon the leaves were dry - perfect for freezing.

This is a trick I learned some time ago - that if you clip basil when it's perfectly dry and place in a clean, dry, freezer container and stick in your freezer, the basil will stay green and fragrant - and that is such a treat in February!  As I'm not familiar with the frost date in St. Paul, I decided to stash that beautiful basil while it was on my mind. Just remember, it has to be completely dry before clipping.  Simply snip off the very dry leaves and layer in the container, discarding the stems.

Happy September!

Two years ago:  Buttery Cabbage Slices(steaks)


La Table De Nana said...

I never knew that about basil! Thanks turtle heads have not bloomed yet..they are always late..

Have a wonderful weekend!

katrina said...

Monique - it was such a surprise to me when I discovered this about freezing basil - and I cannot for the life of me remember where I heard about it! it really works - and such a pleasure to inhale the scent of summer in the middle of winter.

Turtleheads bring back such old memories - I first planted them when my daughter was two - and she is now 38!

Wishing you a delightful weekend as well!

Hiel said...

What a wonderful trick! I have these very small containers that would be perfect for small nests of basil leaves! Tra-la!

katrina said...

Perfect, indeed, Hiel! Just make sure everything is bone dry - such a wonderful treat to open in winter!