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I've had this one stored away for awhile now. Meant to post back in the early fall when basil was booming, but, well it's been busy! So, here it is for you today, accompanied by a fairly short blog post...
Following this post, I'll be taking a little break from Healthfully Delicious. Don't worry, any recipes I try and succeed with will be documented to post again when I re-open! I am embarking on a new project in my life that is occupying much of my spare time, for good reason. I can't spill the beans just yet on what this project is, but it's a very VERY exciting one! It won't always be as busy as I am right now with it, so I'll eventually be able to come back to posting all of my fave recipes on here. But for now, it's just a little good bye, not a big one, just for a little while.
I do use the site often on my own to look up past recipes and I encourage you to do the same! It will still be live and and accessible. Over the time I'm not actively posting, I'll share past posts that I love. They are always good to revisit.
So, here's my last post for a while. Frozen basil packs. Amazing they are. Seriously simple and last all winter long until fresh basil is growing again on your doorstep. All you need is a huge amount of basil leaves, some oil, a food processor, and an ice cube tray.
We use these simple basil packs as a flavour punch for sauces, soups, cooked with meat or veggies, or even melted a few seconds in the microwave and then brushed upon bread or pizza dough. They are super easy to use. For sauces, I just take one out of the freezer and toss it in the hot pan with the veggies or already cooked sauce. It will melt in and create an awesome flavour! You can do this with any herb, we just use basil because it grows so well on our doorstep and we love the taste/smell of it.
Start by taking the leaves off the stem and adding them to the food processor. Once all in, put on the top and get the processor going strong. Open the top compartment to slowly drizzle oil down through to help it dice up and mix together evenly. Pour as much as you want, really, but you just need enough so that you've created a green paste with finely chopped basil pieces, as shown in pics.
Yes, that's a little Hannah hand helping out in the pic! She's become quite the little helped in the kitchen already :)
Basil & Oil Freezer Packs
Loads of fresh basil, really doesn't matter on the amount
Olive Oil - as much as needed to blend it together - no need to measure, just pour as you go!
What to do:
1) Remove basil from stems. Pile evenly in food processor. Turn on and with top compartment open, drizzle oil down through slowly. It will begin to blend together and create a paste. Little choppy bits of basil stuck together by oil, really, is what you're going for.
2) Scoop a bit into each part of an ice cub tray and freeze. Once frozen, you can just pop out of the tray and into a baggie, ready to use for cooking. We add one or two to sauces, soups, melted and brushed atop bread or pizza dough. So good! And an easy way to keep fresh basil going in the kitchen year-round.
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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