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How do you preserve fresh basil?

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To preserve fresh basil, boil a large pot of water, and fill a large glass bowl with ice water. Submerge the fresh basil into the boiling water for about three seconds or until the basil wilts. Transfer the wilted basil to the ice bath, pat it dry and freeze.

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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil

    Fill a large pot with water, and bring it to a boil.

  2. Fill a glass bowl with ice water

    Place roughly six ice cubes and 2 cups of water into a large glass bowl. Set the bowl aside.

  3. Submerge the basil into the boiling water

    Dip the basil into the boiling water for about three seconds or until it wilts.

  4. Transfer the wilted basil into the ice bath

    Place the wilted basil into the ice bath to stop the cooking process.

  5. Transfer the chilled basil to a freezer bag

    Shake the water off of the chilled basil, and place the basil into a freezer bag.

  6. Freeze the basil

    Freeze the preserved basil until it is ready to use.

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