Storing basil with this method is so easy but I can’t believe it’s taken this long to discover it.
UPDATE: Today is 3/24/14 and I still have that original bunch of basil thriving in the jar. I bought it at Whole Foods on 3/12/14 and have been using it ever since. I’ve changed the water twice and noticed that there are new leaves shooting out all over the plant as well as a few fine roots that have developed. Storing basil for 12 days and maintaining its freshness…not too shabby!
Last week, my Wednesday project was focused on dismantling a pair of pool-side lounge chairs that have been baking in the hot desert sun for more than a decade. I needed to audit just how much of each length and width I had to determine which of my bright ideas was most viable. Those chairs deserved a second life and besides, if they could survive this long in such demanding conditions who was I to put an end to their run.
Would it be a set of tables for the patio like Dave built? Maybe a garden table to help with seeding and transplanting? Or maybe an Adirondak chair? More to come on that later. That’s right, you have to wait for another post to see the big reveal!
My 2 year old apprentice had his full tool set outside. A miniture hammer, drill, saw, and tape measure. To my surprise, most boards measure 56 feet!
After we successfully dismantled the second chair we sat on the grass in a sunny spot – those are cherished on this lot – and rested for a few moments. I pulled out my phone and started sliding through images on Pinterest just killing time when I saw a shot of basil in a glass with a plastic bag over it.
I clicked through to discover that the pinner had great success with this method. I needed to try this myself because basil is an herb that I almost always have on hand, I’m now growing my own which has sprouted, and yet I inevitably become frustrated when I realize that it’s viable for just a day or two. Nothing I’ve tried in the past has extended the life for store bought basil more than a day or two.
But this method of tenting the basil in a glass filled with a little water works much better than I expected. It’s been a week and it’s just as fresh today as it was last week when I trimmed the stems and dropped it into the glass.
If you like cooking with fresh organic herbs, then you need to try this method for storing basil:
- Use kitchen sheers to trim the bottom of the basil stems
- Place the basil in a glass with about an inch of water but do not submerge any leaves
- Cover the basil and part of the glass with a quart size storage bag
- Place the basil on your counter – not in the refrigerator – and use as needed
The basil thrives in this environment. Mine even developed a few new leaves. The bag allows the ethylene gas to escape while trapping some of the humidity which is beneficial for the plant. In short, your basil will respond better with this method of storing than it will in the refrigerator.
What a discovery!
– Happy Growing!Tim Miner Modern Steader Grow. Cook. Live.