How to Freeze Basil
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  • basil leaves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  1. Put basil leaves in a large bowl or bucket and cover with water. Allow to rest for about 15 minutes, then drain in the colander and rinse again.
  2. Process in batches, about 3 packed cups of basil at a time. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the basil while processing. If it seems dry, add 1 tablespoon.
  3. Transfer processed basil to the ice cube trays, pressing the chopped leaves down. Freeze until solid, then remove and put in the large plastic freezer bag. Will keep for up to 6 months.
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large bowl or bucket
food processor, 5 cup model or larger
ice cube trays
large plastic freezer bags
Recipe by Andrea Meyers at