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Old 07-17-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Putting Up Basil

Putting Up Basil

Fresh basil leaves - washed and dried
Olive oil
Salt
Jars with tight fitting lids

Place a layer of salt in bottom of bottle, then a nice amount of olive oil (about 1/4 inch). Start pressing basil leaves one at a time into olive oil. After you have added enough leaves that they are almost sticking out of oil start the layers over. Add a layer of salt then oil then leaves. Repeat layers to just below top of bottle and end with salt and oil. Cover tightly and refrigerate. As you use the basil leaves add more salt and oil so you keep basil covered. I use the oil also to add flavor to dishes. Basil is preserved in the salt and oil and lasts a long time. I have had it last 2 years in the fridge keeping it covered with salt and oil.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:22 PM   #2
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Very interesting! Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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if you know anyone with a baby get some small glass baby food jars and put up a couple. let me know what you think.
this basil stays almost fresh not dry. i like them in sauce rather than dry, crumbled up and disappear in the sauce. i like to SEE the leaves. dry basil looses flavor to quick. this stays strong in basil flavor and the infused oil is wonderful to fry in.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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Sure will :)
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:04 AM   #5
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msmofet, do the leaves stay green?
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:11 AM   #6
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msmofet, do the leaves stay green?
yes!! the salt preserves it. the basil will stay green for a long time if you JUST REMEMBER as you use it ALWAYS replace the salt and olive oil never let the basil be uncovered. if it is left uncovered it will turn black and yucky. just throw those away if it happens and cover the green basil with salt and oil. use the basil infused oil (pour off what you need then replace with fresh salt and oil) for frying, salad dressing, brush the bread for brushetta, saute the garlic and onions for tomato sauce the possibilities are endless!!
i have used 2 year old basil kept this way (it got pushed to back of fridge and i discovered it 2 years later in one of those tiny 2 oz baby food jars that are easy to get lost in the fridge and it was still green and good to use).
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:57 AM   #7
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okay, this is going to make me sound really stupid, but hey, what can I say?
can anyone tell me WHAT basil looks like when it comes out of the ground?
or send me a link to a picture??? my husband came in the other nite with
veggies from the community garden and handed me a bunch of 'mystery herb' (no, not THAT kind :0 ) and I have no clue what it is!!
and don't ask me to smell it because my sinuses are stuffed up like a
Thanksgiving turkey and I can't.
okay, I admit it, I have only ever used spices from **gasp** a jar!!
I'm a heathen, I know...but I have been planning to start my own herb
garden if the weather out here ever stabilizes, if that redeems me a little...
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:14 AM   #8
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basil - Google Image Search
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:19 AM   #9
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i have never seen or tried purple basil. anyone? how does it compare to the green basil?
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:22 AM   #10
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okay, that's not it. it isn't rosemary, either...
I'm going to attempt to upload a picture of it.
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