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Is there such a thing?

Two questions: can I just pull the leaves off and freeze it in a ziplock?

If not, I can just make a gallon of pesto. Can I freeze pesto? maybe do those icecube tray blocks?

Your green wisdom is greatly appreciated!

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You can dry it. Hang it upside down in a warm, dry area. (Smells nice, too, as it dries).

You can make pesto and freeze it. Here's a link:

http://www.jewishcuisine.net/recipes/pesto.html

eta: Trader Joe's sells pine nuts for a good price.
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Thanks Mel!
Then the mint is another story. I wish I liked mint tea, or mint anything for that mattter. It is so invasive. I literally have taken the hedge clippers to it twice already. It tries to smother the basil!

So I can't just pluck the leaves and freeze them?

I have to dry them?
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My only suggestion would be to freeze the pesto in glass babyfood jars. I used to freeze it in sandwich bags in another freezer weight bag and it would not taste all that great after a few months. Then I started using the jars and it keeps very well.

Now I'm starting to save yeast jars for larger amounts - when the kids get older we'll need them!

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I would mince the basil up and then freeze (use a food processor if you have one.) I also do that with parsley and cilantro. If you leave the leaves whole, they get very mushy when they thaw but minced, they work fine.

You can also make pesto (without cheese) and freeze it in ice cube trays.

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thanks everyone! Off to harvest!

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one year I minced up the basil in the food processor and froze it in ice cube trays--popped them out into a ziploc and when I made a tomato dish I just popped a cube of basil in. MMM!
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Thanks Mel!
Then the mint is another story. I wish I liked mint tea, or mint anything for that mattter. It is so invasive. I literally have taken the hedge clippers to it twice already. It tries to smother the basil!
:LOL

That reminded me of how I planted mint, basil, and lemon balm in one patch last summer, and ended up with lemon mint and lemon basil because the balm decided that it owned that patch of earth.

You could make lovely foot lotion with your mint, you know.
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