Seriously, some of you have seen my previous foodie posts, including the lovely Pinterest looking FAIL of the Halloween pumpkins. teehee But as we are gearing toward Fall, we are also getting some much needed rain here in Seattle. Really people, when we DO get rain here, we get it! I had to put my potted plants out from under the entryway so they too could enjoy the rain and I’ve noticed that my BASIL plant has taken over the two pots (I created mosquito repelling planters – includes basil, rosemary, lavender and chrysanthemums). The chrysanthemums didn’t last as long. But each pot was so nice to walk past and brush up the heavenly scents.
Back to the basil though – because it took over the pots, I’ve decided to try and cut, refrigerate and freeze some. I will also attempt to propagate a planting, but here in the PNW, we do NOT get sun during the fall/winter months. Even the marijuana growers have to use the fake lighting systems to grow their plants. teehee
Here are some great tips, one from Ann of On Sutton Place – “All About Basil: How to Grow, propagate, chop & freeze” (love her eBay video too – this would be the Julia Child version of why you need a really GOOD knife).
Redhead Can Decorate shares her post on just canning and refrigerating the basil up to a year. I will try that as well.
Becky from Love to be in the Kitchen also shares her tips on drying basil & other herbs and more yummy recipes. During the fall, I also love to make panini sandwiches (of course with soups)… my favorite one is sun-dried tomatoes (you can do thin cut ones, but I’m allergic so I had to do sun-dried), basil pesto, provolone cheese and shredded chicken.
There are several recipes to use basil in; I like Ann, love to add it to chicken, my spaghetti sauces, PESTO (of course) and roasted potatoes. Let’s Dish has a great Almond Basil Pesto recipe here too.
What are YOUR ideas for BASIL?
Thank you Ann at On Sutton Place for getting me started to pinch off the basil plants!