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RE: Holiday weekend


You can also freeze it the same way by putting a little water over the basil
in the ice cube tray. Very handy for adding a bit of basil to your spaghetti
sauce or soup, whatever. The one year I had gallons of it though, I made
pesto. I just ran it through the blender with what seemed like the right
amount of olive oil and garlic and froze it in bags. Maybe gallons is an
exaggeration. I had 14 bags - the freezer ziplock bags, about sandwich size
- full of the mixture. 

Cyndi

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Zemuly Sanders
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 2:06 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Holiday weekend

I have heard of freezing basil in olive oil by filling an ice cube tray with

finly minced basil (about 1 T per "cube") and filling them with olive oil. 
The suggestion I got was to empty the cubes into a plastic bag when they 
were frozen.
zem
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Holiday weekend


>I plant most of my herbs in pots, except for cilantro and parsley.
> Tried them in pots, and they just did not do well. I have dill,
> basil, oregano, and rosemary in pots and they have always thrived.
> Have you tried freezing basil in ice cube trays, and storing the
> cubes in ziplock bags for individual use?
>
>
> Cathy, west central IL, z5b
>
> On May 30, 2006, at 6:07 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>
>>
>> I need a different method to plant herbs. For the last 3 years I
>> have direct
>> seeded cilantro, dill, parsley, and basil in rows and I've fought
>> the weeds
>> every time. The first year I got great stands of basil and parsley;
>> last
>> year only the dill struggled through. This year the basil and dill
>> look
>> good, some cilantro but the parsley is very weak. I want the vast
>> quantities
>> of herbs but too many weeds come up and you can't pull the weeds
>> without
>> pulling the seedlings too. Next year I'll try the cilantro in pots,
>> I think,
>> and start watering the garden quite early to see if I can germinate
>> the
>> weeds first, then plant. At the very least I want piles of basil,
>> you've no
>> idea how luxurious it is to be eating homemade pesto in January.
>>
>> Cyndi
>>
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