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Old 01-14-2008, 10:35 AM   #11
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Just snip off the flowers only--not the leaves unless you're going to use them immediately.......sorry if I confused you---
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:44 AM   #12
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Hmmmmm tdiprincess - that's a good question. I usually rinse the leaves and put them in a plastic zip_lock bag with a piece of paper towel. It usually stays fresh for 2-3 days but that won't be long enough for the new leaves to grow. Maybe someone else has an idea????
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:02 AM   #13
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what about freezing the leaves? If it'd be used for a pesto...I don't think it'd do anything to diminish the flavor... any ideas anyone?
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:11 AM   #14
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I tried freezing them once - they turned black and got gushy so I threw them out.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:32 AM   #15
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Yes - freezing basil does turn the leaves black & very very soft - not surprising since Basil is really a tropical plant. Not very appetizing to use them that way.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:24 PM   #16
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Like everyone has said, freezing the leaves does not work. You can, however, put the basil blooms in some olive oil with a little salt, whir in a blender or food processor, and you've got a great drizzle for a salad or chicken, pasta salad, etc. This will last for several weeks in the fridge.

If you use it right away you can add a clove of garlic, again whir in a blender or food processor, and don't keep for more than a week (be sure to keep in fridge though).

You can easily freeze the first mixture for future use. Put in ice cube trays then pop out when frozen and toss in a freezer ziplock bag. This can easily be used in pasta dishes and soups.

The best way to freeze basil for pesto is just to make some pesto and freeze it. I do it all the time. Even if you have to make a small batch.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:20 PM   #17
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oh ok. I'll keep that in mind once I get a plant to grow!
I'm gonna be adding mint, chamomile, parsley, cilantro... Rosemary over time.
I'm getting into herbal teas. More for the flavor than anything. And its healthy...
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:01 AM   #18
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Meyer Lemon Trees can be grown indoors. No, I have nothing to do with this company. It has some useful information, as well as photos. These are beautiful little plants. If you want to plant indoors, get the dwarf variety.

Four Winds Growers: Meyer Lemons - Facts & Lore

Mint is also very easy to grow. Great for teas.
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:53 AM   #19
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Thanks for the link... Now to convince the hubby.... LOL
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:17 AM   #20
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Absolutely ditto with Kitchenelf on the frozen pesto. I've done it three autumns in a row now. I'll have to give the garden a year off this year (grow some beans and peas to put nitrogen back in), but I might just end up building my own aeroponic setup to keep growing inside. ;)

I've actually found that basil doesn't grow all that happily indoors. I don't know if it's the lack of beneficial microbes in the soil or the lack of wind, but it's just not happy. It grows very vertical and thin, not in the thick bushy habit I get outdoors.
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