"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-07-2006, 09:15 AM   #11
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Straits of Juan de Fuca
Posts: 893
What great ideas!!! I'll be adding these to my list also!!
__________________

__________________
cjs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 02:48 PM   #12
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
I wish to chime in with the people who prefer to freeze basil rather than dry it ... it simply loses too much flavor when you dry it. I think that the puree will be my chore tomorrow, I'll add some garlic as well. I'm also going to make a sage puree. Let's hope I do a better job of labelling than I have in some years!
__________________

__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 10:03 PM   #13
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
Oh, Daisy! Thank YOU! Now I know what to do with that cinnamon basil I got by mistake!
__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2006, 10:13 PM   #14
The Dude Abides
 
TATTRAT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Bermuda Native in D.C./NoVA
Posts: 5,324
Send a message via AIM to TATTRAT Send a message via Yahoo to TATTRAT Send a message via Skype™ to TATTRAT
I love, and serve on my menu, sweet basil coulis. i use thai basil, but process it in the robo coupe, and use a chardonay redux, and honey to thin it out. Strain and bottle. I serve it along with my grilled baby brie, and of all things, my cheesescake.
__________________
flickr
TATTRAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2006, 01:31 AM   #15
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 18,760
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alix
OK, little off topic sorry. Amber, do you find the smell of potted basil resembles um...catbox a bit? When I have tried to keep mine in the house it bugged me and I had to ditch it. Is there a different type I could put in the house?
lol alix. did you ever notice the cat jogging away from the plant as you entered the room, with a big smile on their face?

how about making a compund basil butter? just chop some fresh basil and blend with softened butter. i like to add black pepper and a little dill, then place dollops of the blended butter on baking fish.

or nix the dill, add a little chopped garlic and parsley, and it a great spread for toasted italian bread.
__________________
in nomine patri, et fili, et spiritus sancti.


Meh nom eh noh...doot dooooo do do do.
buckytom is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2006, 06:21 AM   #16
Cook
 
Sage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Northern Ontario,Canada
Posts: 69
Send a message via MSN to Sage
Thank you.

Great ideas for basil;it is my favourite herb.I often sliver it and add to my salads, serve on tomatoes, add some to my salad dressing, sauce in the summer.
To freeze my basil I wash it,dry it my salad spinner, layer it on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set in freezer.When it is frozen you slide them in a zip lock bag and crush them.Now you have fresh tasting basil all winter.I have been using this method for years;hope it works for you.
__________________
Sage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2006, 03:52 PM   #17
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 509
Basil: recipes and preserving

Basil is coming in pretty well now. I usually make pesto and Thai seafood soup w/ the basil. These are my favorite recipes. BUt I got a lot what else do people do with basil?

ALso on preserving it. I have had some success by blanching it and then freezing although it is not like fresh. Can you freeze the pesto? Other ways to either freeze it or make it into something and preserve it.

Thx.
__________________
jpinmaryland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2006, 03:55 PM   #18
Sous Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 509
Basil: how to preserve?/more recipes....

I am cross posting this from Recipes: Misellaneous because I am really not sure where to put it. (do we need an herb folder?) Feel free to consolodate...

Basil is coming in pretty well now. I usually make pesto and Thai seafood soup w/ the basil. These are my favorite recipes. BUt I got a lot what else do people do with basil?

ALso on preserving it. I have had some success by blanching it and then freezing although it is not like fresh. Can you freeze the pesto? Other ways to either freeze it or make it into something and preserve it.
__________________
jpinmaryland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2006, 04:06 PM   #19
Chef Extraordinaire
 
kadesma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: california
Posts: 21,373
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpinmaryland
I am cross posting this from Recipes: Misellaneous because I am really not sure where to put it. (do we need an herb folder?) Feel free to consolodate...

Basil is coming in pretty well now. I usually make pesto and Thai seafood soup w/ the basil. These are my favorite recipes. BUt I got a lot what else do people do with basil?

ALso on preserving it. I have had some success by blanching it and then freezing although it is not like fresh. Can you freeze the pesto? Other ways to either freeze it or make it into something and preserve it.
JP,
I freeze pesto each time I make a batch. I just OMIT the parmesan and add that when I defrost. You can freeze just chopped basil and garlic in ice cube trays, to use for soups and stews. I like this myself rather than dried tired basil in a jar.
kadesma..
__________________
HEAVEN is Cade, Ethan,Carson, and Olivia,Alyssa,Gianna
kadesma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2006, 04:09 PM   #20
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,272
I have both frozen and dried my garden basil.

Frankly, I like the dried basil better for most things I cook in the winter. It is really pungent and aromatic, with concentrated flavor -- nothing like supermarket basil. Much better than Penzey's too.
__________________

__________________
jennyema is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.