Explore Homemade Pesto Sauce and more!

Proud Italian Cook - Home Cooking, Italian American Style

Lidia's method -- preserve the basil--pack into paper cups, cover with water and freeze. Pop out of the freezer, thaw, and use as you would fresh basil!

Preserving Pesto in Small Batches - you don't need to wait until you have a lot of basil to start preserving pesto.

Preserving Pesto in Small Batches

Preserving herbs is easy and way cheaper than buying herbs and spices already preserved. Herbs can be preserved by drying or freezing them, putting them in salt and making extracts.

How to Freeze Fresh Basil  from Kalyn's Kitchen

How to Freeze Fresh Basil and Ideas for Using Frozen Basil

How to Freeze Fresh Basil, plus recipes for using frozen basil. (I freeze mine in ice cube trays, then, once frozen, remove from the trays and store in zip lock bags. It's easy to pop a cube into a recipe and they defrost really quick)

*FREEZING BASIL - Pluck the whole leaves and set them in a small paper cup, fill with water until the herb is submerged, then freeze. When frozen solid, pop the block of ice with the embedded herbs out of the paper cup and into a ziplock bag. The herbs, once the ice melts will be fresh and ready to use.

Don't let your basil go bad! Put leaves in paper cups, cover with water and freeze. Fresh and ready to use once thawed.

Homemade Mint Extract 1 part mint leaves 2 parts vodka Bruise mint in bottle, add vodka, cover & set 1-2 months. Strain & bottle.

How to Make Mint Extract

How to make a mint extract with fresh peppermint and your favorite clear liquor. Homemade extracts are perfect for holiday gifts and cost less than store-bought extracts! It's also a good way to use up the summer harvest of mint leaves.

How to preserve fresh basil in the refridgerator easily.

Preserving Fresh Basil Easily in the Refrigerator with Olive Oil

Preserving Fresh Basil-- Fresh basil, oil, salt & a mason jar. Keeps in the fridge up to 1 year!

Growing Basil - Learn how to grow it easily - Annual - The Gardening Cook

Growing Basil - Learn how to grow it easily - Annual