Basil Storage Tips

April 9, 2009

Basil Storage Tips

Submitted by Lorraine Glazar, Tucson CSA

We had a choice of fresh basil for herbs on Tuesday (Yeah, Farmer Frank!  You are pushing the season!) I had been wishing to make a recipe that called for fresh basil leaves, and previous to our pickup I could not find them locally.

I knew I would not be able to make the recipe until Thursday.  I found a terrycloth potholder which was quite thick, and I tucked the bag of basil leaves inside then put it in my refrigerator door.   I figured that the extra insulation of the potholder would help the basil stay green (it turns black in my frig in one day).

I was very pleased with the results of this experiment.  Tonight I used the basil in the dish I had envisioned and only had to discard two or three half-leaves due to them turning black.

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