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3 Ways to Freeze Basil

3 Ways to Freeze Basil

Ollie George Cigliano

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This article was co-authored by Ollie George Cigliano. Ollie George Cigliano is a private chef, food educator, and owner of Ollie George Cooks based in Long Beach, California. With over 20 years of experience, she specializes in using fresh, fun ingredients and blending traditional and innovative cooking techniques. Ollie George has a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a Certificate in Nutrition and Healthy Living from Cornell University. This article has been viewed 463,087 times.

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To freeze basil, start by removing the stems and washing the leaves in cold water. Next, place the leaves in a mesh strainer with a handle and submerge the basil in a boiling pot of water for no more than 5-10 seconds. Then, immediately put the leaves in a bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking. After that, lay each leaf flat on a paper towel and let the basil dry, then place the leaves on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. When the leaves are completely frozen, store them in a zip-lock bag or plastic container. For more tips like freezing pureed basil, read on!

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