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