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

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Jeanette Steyn August 29, 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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Bergy September 03, 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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Little Bee October 17, 2003

Wonderful tip, easy to fix and it uses only 2 ingredients that are easily available, i.e., if you grow basil in your garden, like we do. I did this using fresh corriander leaves. I'm thinking of trying mint leaves and parsley next. What a brilliant way to add flavour to soups! Thank you very much for sharing!!

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Charishma_Ramchandani September 15, 2003

As basil turns brown when temperatures fall below 50 degrees. So I blanch mine in boiling water for 5 seconds, then continue chopping and freezing. This way it stays a beautiful bright green while frozen.

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Mrs. Jaye March 01, 2011

Great way to preserve basil.

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billybolo August 13, 2009

This is a BAD IDEA. Storing any low-acid food in oil, frozen or not, runs the risk of developing botulism. Leaves of herbs are less likely to carry botulism spores, but it is still possible. THIS IS A FOOD SAFETY NO-NO.

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DrGaellon December 21, 2008

This is such an easy way to preserve the fresh, summer flavor of basil! Like the other reviewers...why haven't I been doing this all along? ;-) Thanks so much for ensuring I never waste fresh basil again!

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Ingy September 22, 2008

I was so pleased to come across this recipe! It's the kind which makes you wonder: "Why didn't I think of that??" Well, I didn't. It's summer in South Africa now (Jan 2006), I have "basil for Africa", as we often say of a glut of things, and I've recently found out that my darling husband is not nearly as enchanted by pesto with pasta as I am!! In desperation I typed in "basil" in Zaar's search, and found your gem, Mirj. A gem, because basil is so fragile and impossible to preserve. I've just made 1 batch (will do more) and it filled exactly 12 little round "ice holes". I would advise cooks not to use the shallow ice cube trays, and also, I did press in the leaves when I measured, and it takes a lot of basil leaves to make up 2 cups. (Well, I picked a LOT anyway!) Oh, one more tip: I think one defrosted cube added to a vinaigrette (salad) dressing in deep midwinter will be great.

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Zurie January 05, 2006
Preserved Basil