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    Preserved Basil

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    Mirj's Note:

    This came about when I had more fresh basil in my garden than I knew what to do with it. I posted a question to the Cooking Q&A board and with the help of Jenny Sanders, this recipe came about.

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    1. 1
      Puree two cups of fresh packed basil leaves in the food processor.
    2. 2
      Slowly add one half cup olive oil until the mixture has the consistency of a smooth paste.
    3. 3
      Pour the puree into plastic ice cube trays.
    4. 4
      It's best to have a special tray just for herbs, because the remaining flavor will then get into your ice cubes.
    5. 5
      Cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until solid.
    6. 6
      Store cubes, double-bagged, in the freezer and add to soups and sauces for an instant flavor boost.
    7. 7
      Herbal pastes and pestos are highly concentrated, so use sparingly.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 29, 2003


      Brilliant idea!!! Can do the same with Parsely,coridaner or cilantro.

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    • on September 03, 2003


      Mirjam this is excellent -I didn't grow any basil this year and it galls me to throw out remains unused when I buy it - I will do this with cilantro too. I made it in the ice cube trays but onlu did 1/2 full so I had smaller amounts. I made scrambled eggs used a lump of basil, your sundried tomatoes and a bit of Feta cheese - This was a breakfast in heaven Thanks Mirj for yet another great recipe

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    • on October 17, 2003


      I think your brilliant! I have a garden full of Basil and now I know how to preserve that fresh summer flavor in the cold winter months! Thanks :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Preserved Basil

    Serving Size: 1 (193 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 81.1
    Calories from Fat 81
    Total Fat 9.0 g
    Saturated Fat 1.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 0.2 g

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