I don’t do a lot of cooking with fresh herbs because they’re expensive, and when I buy a bunch of whatever – thyme, rosemary, oregano, etc – I never use it up and then it’s wasted. So, I have a supply of good dried herbs, and I buy basil, lemon grass, chili pepper paste and ginger in the squeezy tubes from the produce dept so I have the fresh taste and they never go bad in the fridge… But I was in the grocery store the other day, and being that it’s headed toward the end of the summer, the potted herbs were on sale. For $1.99 I got a beautiful big basil plant…and now I’m not sure what to do with it!
It’s a beautiful plant that smells heavenly. I chopped up 4 leaves in my salad yesterday, but it was toooo strong and overpowered every veggie I had in there, but I made my Thai chicken soup tonight, and used fresh basil in there this time instead of the paste…and it was so good!
I’ve never used fresh basil in spaghetti sauce, but I’d like to try it. I’ve read directions on how to freeze the leaves, but I don’t know how long they’ll stay tasting good in the freezer, but I honestly don’t know how long I can keep it the plant alive, since right now it’s sitting on my patio getting some sunshine, and once it’s too cold for that, it’ll be in my dark little north-facing apartment not getting any light.
Maybe I’ll just enjoy looking at and using it until winter kills it off. I love plants, but they don’t last the winters in my apartment because of the lack of light.
Any suggestions would be great!