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Apr 10, 2011 03:31 PM

Dorot Basil and Garlic from Trader Joe's

It is pretty rare that I find a product that is so great that I'm always going to have it on hand, but I found it at Trader Joe's.

Unless I'm making pesto, I always end up using a little basil and the rest ends up wilting. I always end up throwing it out. So, I saw this little red box in the freezer section of Trader Joe's. The name is Dorot and it is little cubes of frozen basil that you just push out and use as you need. I tried it and it was wonderful. I can't remember the price but it was cheap...maybe $2.

Next time at TJ's I see the Dorot chopped garlic. Same thing, little cubes in a red box that you keep in your freezer.

Tonight I made pasta with shrimp sauteed in the Dorot garlic, basil and olive oil. It was excellent and required no chopping.

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  1. I bet you could actually chop the garlic faster than it takes you to defrost it :)

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    1. re: rezpeni

      You don't defrost just add it to whatever you are cooking.

    2. FYI, Dorot products are available at other grocery stores, too. In my area they are easily found at Harris Teeter.

      1. Amen! I buy one of each every time I hit Trader Joes. I use them all the time - they always taste fresh and like you, I never go through fresh basil quickly enough to warrant buying it.

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        1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

          I'm ashamed to say that I often have problems with fresh garlic, being bitter or having the little green shoot in the center, too. I believe I saw cilantro there and I'm going to try it, too. So rare for me to find something and say, "this is really great!"

        2. Dorot products are an excellent convenience and time-saver. I use their garlic & ginger cubes a lot, esp. in things like stews & sautes where it's ok to just drop them in frozen, and I like their basil too, though I don't need it in the summer when I have my own growing fresh. (The parsley & cilantro cubes also seemed like a good idea but in practice I find them weak-flavored, not so useful.)

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            1. I always have the cilantro ones on hand for my indian cooking. Since I don't have time to cook indian food daily (sorry, mom), fresh cilantro often goes bad before I can use it up. With the Dorot cubes, I just drop 2-3 cubes in at the end of cooking and I get that slight green color and cilantro flavor.

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              1. re: boogiebaby

                I'm glad I'm not the only one who has problems with herbs going bad before I use them. It always frustrates me when that happens!

                1. re: DaisyM

                  Nope. I get excited over seeing fresh basil when the weather gets warm, but I never use it up. I tried freezing it myself once, but it was just a huge hassle.

                  1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                    The thing to do with quantities of fresh basil you want to keep is to make it into pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays. Each pesto cube will be approx. 1 portion, which is very handy.

                    1. re: benbenberi

                      Just don't add the cheese before you freeze it.

                      1. re: rockycat

                        In my experience, pesto frozen with cheese already in turns out just as well when you eat it, and it's a lot more convenient.