Basil - spicy greens with green or purple leaves and bright, fresh aroma. It is difficult to overestimate its benefits and piquancy in dishes. Therefore, the preparation of basil for the winter - a fairly common occupation. Today I will tell you how to keep this spice.
Features of the workpiece
Spicy herb is rich in vitamins, and its leaves contain essential oils, so any dishes seasoned with basil can be considered obviously beneficial. It is necessary to note such a feature as low-calorie plants, which is especially important for people inclined to fullness.
As for the blanks for the cold season, basil can be stored for future use and saved in the following ways:
- in the refrigerator as preservation (dry salting method);
- in the freezer in fresh and blanched form;
- as a "green" pasta, as the basis for sauces and dressings for first courses.
Freezer: 3 methods
As you know, the freezer allows you to preserve the freshness and useful qualities of products for quite a long time. The instructions prepared in the table describe in detail how to prepare basil for the winter using the freezer:
Method 1: Freeze Whole Leaves
Method 2: blanching and freezing
This method allows you to save a rich green color and destroy pathogenic flora on the surface of the leaves.
Nevertheless, the taste and benefits are fully preserved:
Method 3: in ice cubes
Not everyone uses this method because they do not know how to store basil for the winter in ice cubes.
In fact, everything is very simple, but such cubes will perfectly serve as a finishing touch to salads, sauces and soups:
Basil for freezing is not recommended to cut, it is better to freeze whole leaves: this way more useful substances and essential oils are stored. Shredder also affects the richness of taste and flavor.
Other options: 3 ways
In addition to the freezer, there are many ways to preserve spicy grass until cold times, such as drying, preserving basil or making vitamin green paste:
Method 1: Drying
There are two ways - how to dry basil:
Method 2: Dry Salting
Salt itself is a natural preservative, and this can be used when preparing greens for the future:
Method 3: Green Pasta
Basil can be ground into a vitamin paste, and this can be done at home:
Dried basil is good exactly purple varieties: it has a rich taste and aroma that persists even after drying.
Such a spice as basil is always appropriate for any table, and is especially good in the winter when natural, fragrant vegetables, fruits and greens are not enough. As you know, in the cold season, the price of any fresh greens is much higher than in season, therefore, the described methods of storing basil will be useful for thrifty housewives.
The video in this article describes step by step the whole process of harvesting greenery for the winter. And ask questions and suggestions in the comments.