Sunday, September 14, 2008

Basil Harvest

Wow that is some bad picture. The lemon basil harvest is in full swing. The dehydrator is totally full and I still have a lot left. There is even more in the garden. I smell like lemon basil, nice. I need to find a way to use all of this basil. Manly Man's favorite meal is Italian fried chicken and spaghetti with pesto. I put basil in our regular spaghetti sauce. Other than that, I don't have any other ideas about what to do with all this basil. I tried making a pesto based salad dressing adding more lemon juice and olive oil to make it more runny. That was good, but it needed salt. Any suggestions on what else to do with all this basil?
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17 comments:

  1. Salt is good. Add more salt. Wow, what an abundant harvest! I can practically smell it from here. We like basil leaves torn up in our salads (also mint and coriander leaves), and we also like Caprese salad with alternating slices of colorful tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, tons of basil leaves, olive oil, and salt. Lemon basil might be great frozen in ice cubes and added to lemonade or iced tea, too. And of course in Thai food. Yum! I envy you that harvest.

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  2. Hi ofb, I think I will try it in tea. I made a ton of pesto and a frittata loaded with basil, Swiss chard, and onions. Got to check out the Thai food. Have never cooked it before.

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  3. Wow, what a harvest! How many basil plants did you have? Oh, and... can you grow it in a container? (I laugh every time I think of that!)

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  4. No, but I've got a packet I was going to plant. Then if I have the luck with it you did, I'll be back asking you the same question.
    Brenda

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  5. Hi nola, there are about six plants. The biggest one is in a container.

    Hi brenda, you still have time if you want to give it a shot before it gets cold.

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  6. Basil ice cream! it's yummy served over grilled peaches.
    --Curmudgeon

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  7. Debbi - I have no suggestions - have a similar problem myself, but boy I love that basil. That is one amazing harvest -- enjoy!

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  8. Basil smell is very good indeed!

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  9. curmudgeon, I thought you were kidding, but actually found basil ice cream on a google search. I'd of never thunk it.

    Hi Diana, good luck finding uses for yours.

    Yes it does tina, yes it does.

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  10. I mixed a basil,butter,olive oil,little garlic and salt.and ate it with pasta.It tasted good.

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  11. What a great harvest Deb. No suggestions on what you can make with it other than pesto, sorry. :) I bet it smells great!

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  12. Basil and rosemary pulsed with butter in the food processer then formed into a roll and stored in the fridge goes good with everything, but my favorite is on fresh baked bread.

    And I'm with James -- Basil/tomato soup...Yum.

    Glad you made it thru Ike.

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  13. Hello my Japanese friend. That sounds very good.

    hi pgl. looks like we are getting a few good ideas from the others. Pesto is one of our favorites.

    Hi james, I don't know how I could have left that out. The monkeys love grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato basil soup.

    Vonne, that does sound good. I like to bake bread and that would be awsome with my sourdough. It is good to hear for you too. It looked like the rough stuff was going to go right through your area.

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  14. Hi All. With your help, I came up with nine ways to use this basil. I have the best blogging friends ever.

    hugs,

    Deb.

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  15. I want to grow an herb garden too. Have you ever heard of anyone putting a sprig in a glass of lemonade? Also pizza sauce or lasagna would be good places for it. Cheesehead just discovered that his store sells dehydrators that I have been scouring the town for. Anything in particular that I should look for when buying/asking for a dehydrator for Christmas?

    You'll have to show us some of your yummy creations.

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  16. Hi cinj, I think herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. I got my dehydrator at Academy of all places. It works great. Get one with a lot of trays.

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