Six months ago, while we were overseas, our housesitters bought a small pot of basil as it was actually cheaper than buying a bunch of basil. When we arrived home I planted it in the ground. It is now doing its best to take over the garden!!
I took this photo yesterday morning. The rain had finally stopped and the sun was shining. You can see the ‘lake’ in the background.
I knew it was collapsing everywhere so I had intended to cut it right back and use as much of the leaves as possible. When I got closer I discovered that the bees were loving the flowers so I could not destroy their fun so I have left the flowers and just picked lots of leaves. Mind you, it is hardly noticeable where I picked them from.
I could afford to be picky so I chose only the best leaves and rinsed them thoroughly.
Then spun them in the salad spinner. As an aside, I only bought this quite recently as I had never really seen the need for one. After seeing my sister use hers, I realised that a salad spinner could be quite handy and I was delighted to find one at Aldi soon after. It cost the princely sum of $6.99.
Next step was to chop the basil in the food processor.
I had about 2/3 can of chopped tomatoes in the fridge so that was added to the mix.
Then I used a small spoon to fill ice-cube trays with the basil and tomato mixture.
Finally, I double-bagged the trays in re-used bread bags and sealed them tightly before putting them in the freezer. The basil blocks will be useful for when there is no basil growing.
That is a mighty crop of basil from one punnet. Is this an annual type so the problem might be short lived? I have had too much basil before and have lived high on pesto, frozen in small parcels. Great for pizza, pasta and bruschetta or just to add to a platter when friends drop in.
Yes, I think it may be short-lived but we are certainly enjoying it while we can. If I cut the plant back hard once the flowers die off I am hoping it will re-shoot again.