Preserve basil when abundant in summer with these recipes for canning, freezing, refrigerating, drying, and more to enjoy the fresh flavor of basil all winter long.
Are you swimming in a bumper crop of basil? Did your farmer’s market box get stuffed with bunches of basil? A relative or friend give you a bag full? No matter how you got it, you’re probably wondering what to DO with all that basil!
Kind of like I am right now. I’ve got five plants that have been giving me fresh basil for months (and yes, I used this when they were small to keep the bugs off and they then grew like mad!). AND I’ve got our freezer stocked with enough of our favorite (and frugal!) pesto to last us for a year.
But the plants still keep pumping out glorious leaves and I don’t want to waste them. So I did a little research about other ways to preserve basil and decided to share my findings with you, since I figured there has to be more like me who are looking for recipes other than pesto for preserving basil.
So when you’re done with pesto and you still need to deal with a lot of basil leaves before winter comes, these recipes will come to your rescue. And no worries if you don’t consider yourself a ‘preserver’ – there’s something for everyone on this list: salad dressings to keep in your fridge for a few months, soups to freeze, jams to can, butters to make – even salt to flavor. And a lot more!
Note: Feel free to pin the lead basil photo to remember this whole list, but please pin from the original source for any photos below – thank you!
Ways to Preserve Basil
Blackberry Basil Jam @Sur La Table Blog
Basil Jelly @Sweet Domesticity
Lemon Basil Syrup @Garden Betty
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup @Cooking Classy
Freeze basil whole or pureed in ice cubes @The Balance
Edamame Basil Hummus @Two Peas & Their Pod
Basil Noodles @Taste of Home
Summer Squash Soup with Basil @Food Network
Purple Basil Parmesan Biscuits @My Recipes
Slow Cooker Basil Marinara @Spabettie
Lemon Basil Frozen Yogurt @Taste of Home