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Surprisingly, both cilantro and basil freeze very well. After cutting the leaves, preferably in the early morning while they are freshest, we mix them with a small amount of olive oil... just enough to coat the leaves. They are then packed into freezer bags and frozen for later use. The olive oil makes it really easy to separate the frozen leaves and also adds an extra flavor to the mix.

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from Jen's Food

Sun Dried Tomato, Chilli and Basil Pesto

Sun dried tomato, chilli and basil pesto. Perfect served with fusilli lunghi pasta.

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Chilli jam. I make this every year for cheap-but-wonderful Christmas presents for family and friends. And I always make sure that there is enough made so that I can keep at least six jars for myself. This is brilliant on cheese sandwiches, in a chili, or to pep up some chicken wings.

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from Kalyn's Kitchen®

How to Freeze Fresh Basil and Ideas for Using Frozen Basil

For years and years I've been trimming my garden basil, freezing it, and then using the basil all winter in soup, stew, and pasta sauce, and this post has all my tips for successfully freezing basil. [from KalynsKitchen.com]

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