Freezing Basil

Freezing basil is really simple.

You can grow it indoors, but some people aren't very 'green fingered' and so buy fresh growing herbs at the supermarket.

I bought this specimen - it was marked down and I couldn't resist the bargain!


This basil plant was on offer at the supermarket.

As you can see, it was a bit past its best.

I wasn't going to use it quickly, so I decided the best bet would be to freeze it.

The first step to freezing herbs is to cut the stems off the plant.

I took this down to the bottom of the stalks using a pair of kitchen scissors.

I use it mainly for pesto or tomato soup and sauces. It's always chopped or processed, so the stalks don't matter.

The basil plant was very small and I only got around 25g (1 ounce) off it.

I split it into two small plastic bags.

Each will be enough to make a pesto or add to tomatoes.


Before freezing, squeeze the air out as much as possible then tie the bags.

Be careful not to crush it - when I defrost it, I can normally find one or two leaves to garnish if I want to.

When you use it, you can either add it straight from the freezer or allow it to defrost.

I use a large poly box to keep my frozen herbs in - label them before you put them in as they look very similar when they're frozen.

You can use this basil straight from the freezer in soups or pesto.

More Basil pages which will be useful to you

› Freezing Basil

Some of the links on this site include affiliate links, providing the Herb Guide a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you. You are not obliged to use these links to make a purchase, but if you do, it helps to support this site.

Home | Contact | Sitemap | About Me

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Indoor Herb Garden

This is the answer for growing lush herbs indoors all year round.

Herbalism Courses for all levels

Recent Articles

  1. Grow Herbs Indoors

    Feb 14, 17 06:41 AM

    Find out the best ways to grow herbs indoors. Growing from seed is easy when you know how

    Read More

  2. Drying Parsley

    Dec 26, 16 05:33 PM

    Drying herbs is an alternative to freezing. You will find instructions for drying parsley and other herbs in the microwave..

    Read More

  3. Herb Garden For Kitchen Window

    Dec 19, 16 12:03 PM

    A herb garden for your kitchen window. The books all say it's best to have your culinary herbs growing as close to your kitchen as you can - what's closer than your kitchen window?

    Read More

Protected by Copyscape Online Infringement Checker