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8/30/10 1:56 P

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Hi 60Sixty
Yes, really easy. Let me know how it goes.

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8/30/10 11:08 A

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SUNNY - I am down to my last batch of basil.
I think I will do this. So easy!

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8/29/10 1:24 P

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You can make flavoured oil with basil. Wash several sprigs, dry, then stick in a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. It doesn't have to be the most expensive super-fruity kind. Leave for two weeks, then remove the basi because it will go slimy with time. Use this flavoured oil in your salads and in cooking--basil has a particular affinity with tomatoes.
YOu can use this same principle to flavour oil with other herbs such as rosemary sprigs, or garlic cloves (leave unpeeled), or whole chilli peppers, or dried porcini mushrooms. Most dry herbs can stay in the oil for ever (though it pays to check the bottles from time to time when you are experimenting), it's mainly the basil that needs to be removed soon bcause it's fresh so it's got the moisture which goes slimy.
You could make up a large quantity of baisl oil, then strain on your return from holiday and put in cute little bottles to give as gifts.

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7/24/10 11:55 A

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I haven't tried it yet, but I'm going to soon. My sister makes pesto and freezes it in ice cube trays. That way she can just pop out what she wants to thaw instead of thawing a whole jar or whatnot!

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7/7/10 2:08 P

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Can you just pinch off the blooms? Would that make a difference in the flavor?

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7/1/10 9:48 P

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Cut up basil leaves and freeze before it blooms. Once basil blooms it's really strong.

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7/1/10 1:26 P

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Do you have basil growing in your garden?

I have an abundance and am getting ready to go on vacation. I am checking out recipes. I would like to consider making pesto and freezing it. I have done it before.

Do you have any advice or tips?
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