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Cut basil leaves using a knife or scissors. A knife is the correct tool for mincing or creating a chiffonade,and scissors work best for snipping basil into salads or other dishes. More »

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Trim basil once the plant grows six leaves, and repeat this process regularly. Trim basil leaves for harvest once the plant begins to flower. You need pruning scissors. More »

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Grow basil by starting the plants indoors, placing the plants in good location. Use the right kind of soil, give them plenty of room to grow, water the plants regularly, mulch the plants when necessary, pinch off the flo... More »

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Dry basil in an oven by washing the basil, drying it thoroughly in a salad spinner and placing the leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Place the basil in the top rack of the oven at t... More »

Use dry basil leaves for seasoning by substituting 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs called for in a recipe. For instance, you can use either 1/4 cup of fresh basil or 1 tablespoon of dried ... More »

To dry basil, trim and rinse the leaves, and place them on the racks of a dehydrator. Drying times vary from one to four hours, and the leaves are dry when they crumble. More »

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Fresh basil can be combined with olive oil and garlic to make a pesto for salmon, bruschetta and pasta, according to The World's Healthiest Foods. Fresh basil can also be used with olive oil and onions in tomato soup, or... More »

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