I love basil and always have a few basil plants in the garden. Since basil tends to go to seed without regular pruning I make sure to harvest a good handful of leaves once a fortnight... but what to do with all that basil?!?
Well I turn mine into basil and olive oil icecubes (a great preservation method I read about online somewhere). They're quick and easy to make, and fantastic for pasta dishes, omlettes, steaks, fish, chicken, sausages, and fried and baked vegetables.
Step 1: Pick and Rinse Your Basil Leaves
Apparently the best time of day to pick basil is before 10am as this is when the leaves contain the most oil and taste the best.
When clean put your basil leaves on paper towel and pat dry.
Step 2: Chop Up That Basil!
Step 3: Combine Basil With Olive Oil
Step 4: Spoon Into an Icecube Tray
Spoon your basil and oil mix into the icecube tray - from two handfuls of basil you should have enough to make 14 icecubes. Top up with more oil if needed and freeze for 2 days before using.
I like to make a batch of these and just put them in a ziplock bag when they're frozen so I can make another batch, that way there's always plenty available as I seem to use them with nearly everything I cook! :)