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Old 12-18-2007, 01:53 PM   #1
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Freezing fresh basil?

How should I freeze fresh basil? How bout peeled whole garli cloves?

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Old 12-18-2007, 01:59 PM   #2
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Instead of freezing, I keep a small plant on the window sill. Will last all winter, spring and summer there. I believe you can start a plant with only a leaf in a glass of water, or get one of theose root ball plants at the supermarket.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:02 PM   #3
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Basil is better dried than frozen. You could make a pesto and freeze that.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:25 PM   #4
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I chop some of the late harvest and freeze in ice cube trays. Then store the cube in the freezer in zip bags. Lasts until about January. Just add a cube to spaghetti sauce right at the end.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:27 PM   #5
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Yikes!
I just realized. You have fresh basil now? We have 2 feet of snow! Must be global warming
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:27 PM   #6
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Walt's method is the one I see recommended quite often.
I have read that freezing garlic makes it lose its flavor.
Haven't tried it, so don't know if it is true.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:39 PM   #7
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I chop some of the late harvest and freeze in ice cube trays. Then store the cube in the freezer in zip bags. Lasts until about January. Just add a cube to spaghetti sauce right at the end.
If you're bent on freezing it instead of drying it, I'd go with this method.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:46 PM   #8
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Aren't you a professional chef?
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:50 PM   #9
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Heh...? Me???
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:03 PM   #10
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No, sorry. The OP, "Take Out Chef" is a longtime professional chef.
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