Can you freeze Thai basil?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze Thai basil?”, and how to freeze Thai basil?

Can you freeze Thai basil?

Yes, you can freeze Thai basil. Frozen Thai basil lasts up to 6 months. More on the freezing techniques of theThai basil in the article below.

How to freeze Thai basil?

Wash and dry 

Rinse the Thai basil under cold running water until the water runs clear. This step is important to get rid of the surface dirt. Then drain the water and pat dry the leaves using paper towels. Spread the leaves onto dry paper towels and let them air dry.

Lay the leaves on a greaseproof paper 

Spread the dry Thai basil leaves onto greaseproof paper such that the eaves do not overlap. Use as much greaseproof paper as you need.

Freeze until firm 

Let the leaves freeze for about 12 hours or until they are frozen solid. This pre-freezing step ensures that the leaves remain distinct and do not stick to each other once frozen.

Remove and transfer to a bag 

Transfer the frozen leaves to a good-quality freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible from the bag.

Label and freeze 

Put a clear label on the freezer bag. This helps you in the identification of the frozen product while also keeping you informed about the shelf-life of the frozen food. Lastly, chuck the freezer bag into the freezer.

How to freeze Thai basil by blanching?

Wash and dry 

Rinse the Thai basil under cold running water until the water runs clear. This step is important to get rid of the surface dirt. Then drain the water and pat dry the leaves using paper towels. Spread the leaves onto dry paper towels and let them air dry.

Prepare water 

Fill a pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil. On the side, prepare an ice-cold water bath.

Place leaves in a colander

Fill a colander with the washed and dried basil leaves. Then lower the colander in the boiling water pot. Let it sit for about 5 seconds.

Transfer the leaves to an ice bath 

Pull out the colander from the billing water and lower it into the bowl of ice-cold water. Let it sit for a few minutes. This step will halt the cooking process. Then pat dry the basil leaves until the surface of the basil leaves is completely dry.

Freeze until firm

Flash freeze the blanched and dried basil leaves for about 12 hours or until they are firm.

Remove and transfer to a bag 

Transfer the frozen basil leaves to a zip-lock bag. Choose a high-quality zip-lock bag or freezer bag for this purpose.

Label and freeze 

Put a clear label on the freezer bag. This helps you in the identification of the frozen product while also keeping you informed about the shelf-life of the frozen food. Lastly, chuck the freezer bag into the freezer.

How to freeze Thai basil in ice cubes?

The ice-cube tray method is simpler than the methods detailed above. That is why it is the most popular approach when it comes to freezing Thai basil. 

Pack each cube of the ice-cube tray with a few leaves of Thai basil. Then fill it with melted butter, water, or some olive oil. Put the tray in the freezer for several hours or until the cubes freeze solid.

To save some space, you can remove the frozen basil cubes from the tray and put them in a freezer bag or ziplock bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag, label it and chuck it into the freezer.

How to freeze Thai basil in paper towels?

Wash and thoroughly dry the Thai basil using paper towels. Then spread the leaves onto a paper towel in a single layer and roll the towel. Transfer this roll to a freezer bag and chuck it in the freezer.

A fresh storage method 

The first target method prolongs the shelf-life of the refrigerated Thai basil by 2-3 weeks. Fill the bottom of the air-tight container with sea salt then pack it with a layer of dry and clean basil leaves. 

Repeat the layers until the container is full. The salt can be reused and the leaves do not absorb the salt flavor.

Tips for freezing Thai basil 

  1. Thorough drying of the leaves after blanching or washing is very crucial in preserving the quality of the leaves. The excess moisture on the leaves forms ice crystals upon freezing that damage the quality of leaves.
  1. To save time, you can buy the pre-frozen Thai basil from the market. But nothing compares to the feeling of growing your basil at home and preserving it.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze Thai basil?”, and how to freeze Thai basil?

References

https://michelpoudrier.com/fresh/16492-how-to-freeze-thai-basil-and-keep-it-fresh.html

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