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This post should really be titled, “Preserving the Last of the Summer.”  I know the summer is over when it’s time for the last of the basil to be harvested.  Sigh.

Basil CubesLast summer, I chopped it up and froze it in ice cubes.  This is actually pretty awesome because during the winter, whenever I made soup or spaghetti sauce, I’d just toss a couple basil cubes in and it was like a burst of summer flavour.  This summer, I’m freezing some of it in olive oil (I saw it on Pinterest).  I figure it can still be used in soups and sauces, but also in stir fries and such.  We’ll see.  They sure look pretty anyway.

Basil in Olive Oil

 

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