We don't have a garden, but when we're fortunate to receive gifted fresh veggies, fruit and herbs, those that we aren't able to eat are frozen to be enjoyed later.
Fresh basil is a great herb to freeze and it takes just a few easy steps to take them from garden to the freezer.
Remove the basil leaves from the stems and drop them into boiling water for 2 seconds to blanch.
Transfer them immediately to an ice water bath.
Remove leaves from ice water bath and place them in a single layer on paper towels to drain. Gently pat dry completely using paper towel.
Place in freezer storage bag in single layers separated by parchment paper or wax paper and place in freezer.
It's nice to have basil leaves on hand to toss into recipes whenever we need them. And, fresh basil tastes soooo much better than store-bought dried basil leaves.
If you have an abundance of fresh garden items, consider freezing them - you'll love having them available when they're off season. Enjoy!
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