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What is the best way to preserve basil? Want an easy hack that will save you time and money? I’ve got answers! This is my easy, go-to hack for having fresh basil any time.
Fresh herbs are just plain better. They have more flavor and better quality of taste. I’m a sucker for fresh basil and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) with my pasta.
Unfortunately, it can be tough to go through all of your fresh basil in the short window of time you have before it goes bad.
Lucky for us fresh basil connoisseurs, there is a simple, easy solution.
PS. If you’ve been wanting to grow your own herbs, I recently bought a kit from Thrive Market and I LOVE!
The Best Basil Hack Ever
All you need for this is fresh basil and EVOO. I use my favorite silicone muffin sheet to set the basil cubes. When I use these sheets it’s so much easier to pop the cubes out!
I also use my silicone muffin sheet to make my insanely good Homemade Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
Now, onto life hacking.
All you’re going to do is wash your basil, pick off the leaves, and put your desired amount in your ice tray or muffin sheet. Use however many you would if you were cooking with it normally. I usually do about 4 leaves.
Submerge the basil leaves in your desired amount of EVOO, and pop those babies in the freezer! Wait until they are frozen to take them out.
Once they’re frozen, the EVOO will turn into a buttery color. Totally normal, don’t panic! I like to pop my basil cubes out of the tray and store them in a container in the freezer.
Now whenever you need some basil and EVOO, just take out a cube and melt it in a pan over the stove. It’s SO EASY.
I love this for pasta dishes, heating up veggies, rice, or pretty much anything that works with basil.
You can also totally chop up the basil before freezing your cubes if you prefer chopped up basil as opposed to the leaves.
These cubes will be good to use for up to 6 months! Perfect for storing basil when it’s no longer in season.
This will work with any type of herb, so feel free to get creative!