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If you have lots of fresh basil, you may not have time to use it all before it goes bad. I’m sharing with you some great ways to preserve it so you can enjoy fresh basil flavor anytime!

How to Preserve Basil Like a Pro Chef

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Read through these great how-to tips for preserving your Thai basil. In fact, there are many different ways to do it, depending on what recipe you plan on making in the future.

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What Are The Easy Ways To Preserve Fresh Basil?

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Preserving basil is easy. Below are covered freezing, pesto, preserving in olive oil, and several other ways. Think about the recipes you enjoy making to help you decide which option will be best for you.

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Can You Freeze Basil and It Still Tastes Good?

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Basil can be preserved by freezing. Freezing Thai basil is a simple and effective way to preserve it to use in recipes when you can not source fresh. However, note that the flavor may not be as intense as fresh leaves, so you may want to use a slightly larger amount in your recipes.

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Marriage Made In Heaven, Olive Oil and Basil

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To preserve basil in cube form using ice cube trays and olive oil tap on over for the step-by-step instructions.

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Eat Like An Italian, Make Pesto

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Making pesto freezer cubes is a great way to preserve basil.  This way, you can have fresh pesto on hand whenever you need it. Simply make your favorite pesto recipe and then use it to fill up ice cube trays and keep them in the freezer.

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Butter Up Your Basil

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Basil butter is another excellent way to preserve your Thai basil. This is a wonderful way to add fresh basil taste to a variety of dishes.

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How To Dry Whole Basil Plants The Old Fashioned Way

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Drying whole  Thai basil plants is a great way to easily preserve them for up to a year if sealed in an air-tight container. To hang large bundles of basil in a dry place to dry. Get the step-by-step instructions.

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Refreshing Basil & Vinegar How-To

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Basil vinegar can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Create a refreshing salad dressing by combining basil vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt. It can also be used as a marinade for meats like chicken, pork, or beef, adding a delightful twist to your dishes.

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Dehydrator Tips and How-To For Drying Basil

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Dried basil leaves will keep for several months and can be used in any recipe that calls for fresh basil. You can also crumble them up and use them as a garnish on salads or pasta dishes.

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How to Keep Thai Basil Fresh Before Preserving

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If you have a bundle of fresh herb stems from a Thai basil plant that you would like to keep fresh for a few days before you preserve it, you can do the following. To preserve cut basil in water and maintain their freshness. Tap for all the simple steps.

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