When Basil Goes Bananas

This is going to be a very quick and simple post.

I apologize in advance, and will try my best to do better tomorrow.

I’m currently covered in basil goo.


(That’s what happens when you take off the top of your blender to look at the contents as it’s blending.)

I guess it’s a good thing I love the smell of fresh basil?

The basil I planted just a few short weeks ago has gone bonkers.

I have more basil than an Italian restaurant could use in a year.

(I planted TWO basil plants.  Clearly one tenth of one plant would have been enough!)

What’s a person to do?

Photo:  Basil in my blender

I blended batches of freshly picked (washed) basil leaves with just a slight (teeny tiny!) amount of water.

Then I poured the blended basil into ice cube trays.

Photo:  Blended up basil in ice cube trays

I purposely made various sized cubes.

I hated to think of “wasting” all the basil I couldn’t possibly use fast enough.

Now I have frozen cubes of fresh basil in my freezer.

In upcoming months, as I’m cooking, I’ll be able to grab a frozen basil cube from my freezer and toss it into any dish.

I might end up doing the same thing with a few of the other herbs I planted this year.

A big thank you to those of you who suggested I make “herb cubes!”

6 Responses to “When Basil Goes Bananas”

  1. Jan's Sushi Bar

    I’ve done that before, and will again this year, with not only basil but rosemary, oregano, sage, tarragon, marjoram and whatever else I end up planting. I don’t blend them, though, just chop or chiffonade them, then freeze them with a little water in ice cube trays. I like the idea of pureeing the basil, though – I wonder if pesto would freeze…

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      My other herbs are growing at a reasonable rate, and I don’t think I’ll need to freeze them. The basil plants are on steroids though. I’ve grown herbs before and I’ve never seen them grow like this. Oh well … basil for months to come!

  2. Gaelyn

    The basil cubes are a great idea, but not the opening the blender while blending. What a mess.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      My blender was kind of “stuck” so I thought I’d add just a tiny bit of water … and then it started going again just as I opened the lid. (And yes, I DID know better …!!_
      : )


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