I absolutely love basil, and grow it every summer in my garden.
It’s a must have for tomato lovers like myself, you can’t have one without the other!
This year my plants have done amazingly well and they are still going strong, despite my constant leaf picking for salads.
But now the time has come to start thinking about preserving some, before the inevitable arrival of fall…
There are many ways to capture and preserve the intense, aromatic flavour of fresh basil.
Here is one of my favourite methods…Basil Oil.
This delightful and flavour packed oil is reminiscent of a simple pesto but in liquid form, which as you might imagine, makes for a very versatile concoction.
I drizzle this stuff on everything!
I really do!
Because it makes everything that much more delicious!
This is what I call a short term method of preservation, as the oil lasts well in the fridge, but only for about a week or so.
Because of this I recommend making just a small batch at a time.
Still, it’s a wonderful way to use up some of your basil crop and capture that amazing summer flavour.
Making your very own basil oil is easy and takes just a few steps. Follow the recipe below for success.
Here are some ideas for using up your freshly made batch.
How to use Fresh Basil oil…
- Pour some into a small bowl and serve as dipping sauce for fresh bread
- Drizzle it over a tomato or any salad for that matter, to add some extra flavour
- Spread a little on your bread slices when making a sandwich (great with Italian cold cuts or roasted veggies, tomato and cheese, avocado, ect.)
- Drizzle it over BBQ chicken, other meats or even seafood
- Add a drizzle over soup before serving
Fresh Basil Oil
Fresh Basil Oil
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves about 24 large ones
- 1 very small clove garlic (you don't want to overpower the basil)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Wash the basil leaves, picking off the stems.
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil, add the basil leaves and blanche them for 20 seconds (this step helps the basil retain a nice green colour). Using a slotted spoon transfer the leaves to a bowl filled with cold water and a few ice cubes, and let them sit for a minute.Pat the leaves dry between two paper towel sheets.
- Transfer basil to a small food blender cup, add garlic, salt and olive oil.Pulse and process until smooth.Pour into a small container with lid and store in fridge until needed.
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