The weather is finally starting to cool here after a long hot summer. We enjoy making lots of soups, casseroles, and pasta dishes in cooler weather. Our basil plant is thriving so we have frozen some of the fresh basil for use in our winter cooking.
Basil is an easy herb to freeze. Pick a couple of handfuls of leaves.
Remove the stems and any brown leaves. Wash the leaves and dry them in a salad spinner or with paper towels.
Place the leaves in the food processor. Process to roughly shred the leaves. Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt to coat the leaves. (This prevents the basil from turning black in the freezer).
Spoon into small containers or ice cube trays to freeze. Label and pop into the freezer until you need some basil.