Fresh basil doesn’t keep very well, so be sure to use your basil in the next couple of days. If you don’t use your basil fresh, here is an easy way to preserve it. We purée the leaves with olive oil and freeze in freezer bags. Then when we are ready to use it we thaw it and add the rest of the pesto ingredients ( cheese, garlic, nuts, seasonings). It’s a real timesaver doing it this way. Of course basil is not just for tomatoes and mozzarella, these recipes are some creative ways to use basil.

Basil polenta

Basil lemonade

Pan seared fish with basil sauce


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