Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Feb 4, 2012 10:12 AM

Ideas for leftover fresh basil?

Bought a package of fresh basil for a pasta dish the other day. Last time I did this I ended up throwing out the rest because it was in the fridge too long and went bad. Any ideas what to make? Can you freeze it i wonder?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. basil mayo is wonderful for sandwiches, in potato salad, on green beans, etc. 1 cup packed basil leaves in food processor, add a cup of mayo, whirl. add some garlic and lemon juice, whirl. salt and white pepper---more than you think. yum! lasts about 5 days in fridge.

    1 Reply
    1. re: chez cherie

      Mmmm, that sounds tasty. Maybe it will give me an excuse to use the Magic Bullet someone bought me a couple of years ago but have never used! Thanks for the idea.

    2. If you freeze it it'll turn black. I like it torn into a simple green salad. Or make a salad of grape tomatoes, basil and bocconcini (sp?). Make a pizza with tomato and mozzarella then sprinkle basil on top.

      2 Replies
      1. re: CanadaGirl

        I've frozen loads of fresh basil over the years and never had it turn black. It isn't quite so pretty when you thaw it, but it still tastes great in marinara sauce, pizza sauce, etc.

        1. re: Njchicaa

          I find freezing an ice cream scoop full of shredded basil with a tablespoon of water. Freeze fast and then put into ziplocks

      2. whizz it in the food pro with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. will last for months in the freezer. i portion it out into small bags.

        1. To have your fresh basil last longer, DON'T refridgerate it; put it in a water glass after trimming the bottom (like for cut flowers), and keep in a cool place in the kitchen. It will keep 3 times longer fresh.
          When it starts to wilt, if you haven't used it up, whiz it in a food processor or blender with a little olive oil and freeze it in tablespoon portions to add to soup, marinara, etc.

          1. Pesto!! Add any toasted nuts to the food processor, as much parm or similar as you want to use, and olive oil and garlic or even garlic infused vegetable oil until it comes together.