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Old 08-15-2006, 03:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This is probably in the wrong place, but I had no idea where to put it. I have a TON of basil, and I don't want it to go bad. I have dried basil out the whazoo, and pesto for years. I have tried making basil oil but it ends up smelling of rot. Any other suggestions for what to do with basil?

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Trade it to your neighbors for other produce that you need!

We go through a ton of pesto, so we make it and freeze it, then eat it with pasta, eggs, on grilled sandwiches with cream cheese, in place of red sauce on pizza, over fish...
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I would love to trade, but I live in a suburb of Atlanta and have no gardening neighbors; what I wouldn't give for a fresh tomato or two...

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Toss it in a food processor or blender with olive oil and puree until smooth. It can then be frozen in an ice bube tray and saved almost indefinity. It tastes quite fresh when thawed and can be tossed into almost anything that you want to add basil too.
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Annek - I have done this, in spades. Anything else? Beyond pesto and dried?

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How much are we talking here?? I seriously can't even imagine having too much basil - send it to me!!!!

If you have tomatoes, how about making and canning or freezing homemade tomatoe sauce with a good amount of basil in it? I assume you are already doing bruschetta and such for lunch and snacks?
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I have lots of basil too.

I like the ice cube idea
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It can be baked into all sorts of breads and muffins, tossed into red sauce for pasta, cooked with various meats.... all of which can be done after it is dried/frozen. I can't come up with too many ideas beyond storing it some how and using it whenever you cook. You may want to do a search at allrecipes.com for more ideas.
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Three huge bushes that are waist high and about 3 feet across. When I hack them down, they are up again in about a month (not quite as tall, but bursting out of the stalks).

I guess I will chop and dry and store. Not a terrible thing, this abundance, but it's terribly ironic that I cannot grow a damn tomato to save my life...

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We make massive amounts of pesto and freeze it in little zip lock bags. Yum!
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Any other suggestions for what to do with basil?
FedEx it to Canada. I can send you my address.
I second the trading with someone for other produce. Either that, or package it up cutely, and get a little booth at the farmer's market and sell all of your excess.
Donate it, if you have a fresh food bank.
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I suggest posting on freecycle that you have basil free for the picking. Or ask friends or neighbors to take some of it. Do you have a farmers market? How about taking some there for sale?
Contact a local italian restaurant and see if they would like some.
Send it to me!LOL.
WOW! I need to know how you did it! Mine died- but I had it in a pot.
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WOW! I need to know how you did it! Mine died- but I had it in a pot.
Honestly, I planted it in semi-crappy soil and neglected it. It gets mostly strong afternoon sun for a couple hours a day, but other than that it's more of a dappled afternoon or weak morning light. I hack it down once a month or so and neglect to water it. Marigolds close by take care of the bugs (mostly), and it is now currently competing with one out-of-control bush of sage and two lavendar plants.

I like to garden, but we get so busy sometimes that I am really feel like if it can't survive with minimal supervision it doesn't belong in my garden.:

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