And I will also tell you about my trick to preserve the green color of the basil!
Yes, summer is definitely over, so I have to take care of my fresh herbs as I live in the northern part of Europe and nights start to get colder. And when nights get colder the basil stops growing in the greenhouse. . So therefore I harvest all the basil and freeze it in olive oil with a little of garlic. But of course you can also do this with other herbs. It is a good way to always have some “fresh” herbs ready to cook with.
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How to take care of my fresh herbs!
Rinse the basil from any soil and allow it to drain and dry a little.
In the meantime, you can start peeling the garlic!
Here is the trick to preserve the green color of the basil, I heat the olive oil to 50-60 degrees C before I pour it over the basil and garlic.
Have a look at the video and see how I did!
Basil & garlic oil
It is so convenient to have “fresh” basil in the freezer, super easy to pick out and cook with. If you do not have your own basil, you can take advantage when it is on sale in the store and freeze.
- Prep Time5 min
- Cook Time5 min
- Total Time10 min
- Total Costcheap
- 1 full mixer bowl of basil (2 liter)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 3 dl olive oli
- 1 tbls salt
Rinse the basil in water, remove weeds and leaves if it has come with and let it dryPeel the garlic
Peel the garlic and heat up the olive oil to 50-60 C degrees.
Put everything in the mixer and start it. also pour in the salt. Let the mixer run until it becomes a wonderfully green thick sauce. Do not run for too long as the mixer itself starts to generate heat and it can get “too” hot and then the basil loses its color. completely and turns gray.
Now its ready!
Pour the sauce into a mold and set in the freezer. Once it has frozen, you can cut up small squares and then repack and save in a jar with a lid.
Have a little tasting
Take a piece of sourdough bread and dip in the basil oil, it tastes absolutely fantastic
Thank you very much and hope you like the recipe. If you have any questions, you can use the live chat, I usually answer within 20 minutes and can hopefully help you. Happy Cooking – Good Cooking!