How you can keep fresh basil in the refrigerator for the winter at home

How basil can be stored is a challenge for many gardeners. This spicy plant is actively consumed in food. It goes well with tomatoes, fish and seafood. Basil contains rutin, sugar, vitamins (B, PP, A, C, carotene), phytoncides. It is used as a medicine. It is effective for colds, coughs, and helps to normalize the digestive tract.

Gardeners want to have their own healthy seasoning on the table all year round. To do this, you must learn how to properly harvest and store greens.

basil in the fridge

Collection and preparation for storage

Only properly harvested basil will be stored for a long time with minimal loss of vitamins. Greenery harvesting rules:

  1. Cutting should only be done in dry weather. The optimal time is morning hours. It is recommended to wait until the dew dries.
  2. Collect greens from those bushes where flowers have not blossomed. In this case, the basil is tender and tasty.
  3. It is recommended to cut twigs about 15 cm long: the juicy leaves are on them.
  4. It is recommended to cut it regularly (once every two weeks): this makes the bushes more luxuriant.

The collected basil is washed in plenty of cold water, the liquid is allowed to drain and dried on folded paper towels.

preparation for storage

Storage methods

Gardeners know several ways to store greenery. Everyone can choose a suitable one.

storage methods

In a refrigerator

The most common way. The greens are placed in a perforated plastic bag and placed in the fruit compartment. Basil will keep fresh for 5-7 days.

The industry offers special plastic containers for greenery. They should be placed on the lowest shelf.

common way

At room temperature

Basil can be kept fresh without a refrigerator. It is recommended to put a bunch of greens on a table or windowsill in a glass of water. The liquid must be topped up as it evaporates. The plant will be fresh for 3-5 days.

it is recommended to put

Long-term storage

Gardeners want to provide themselves with a grown crop for the winter. To do this, you need to apply other methods.

harvest for the winter

Freezing method

This method requires free space in the freezer. Prepared greens should be cut, folded into a container or plastic bag, and sealed tightly. Place in the freezer in the “quick freeze” mode, after 30 minutes return to the normal mode.

Gardeners freeze lemon basil differently. The plant is crushed, placed in an ice container, filled with water. Once frozen, the ice cubes are stored in a plastic bag. They are added to drinks.

free space

Drying basil

The method does not require special storage conditions. But with this method of harvesting, most of the nutrients are lost.

The leaves should be separated from the stems and cut. Then spread in a thin layer on a paper towel in a dry, ventilated place. Twice a day stir up the slices. Basil is done when the leaf bends and breaks rather than crumbles. Keep the workpiece in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. The aroma lasts for about 3 months.

The industry produces electric dryers. The device blows the raw material with air at 30-40 degrees Celsius. Drying time - up to 2 hours. The advantage of this treatment: the plant does not dry out, nutrients are preserved as much as possible.

storage conditions

Some gardeners use an oven to get winter seasoning. Modern stoves have a drying mode. The mechanism resembles an electric dryer. There is a possibility of sound control. This makes the task easier.

In simple stoves, basil should be dried with the door open at minimum power. Cover the baking sheet with baking paper. Raw materials should be regularly agitated. Readiness is manually determined.

minimum power

Pickling spices

For this type of canned food, only leaves are used. Sequencing:

  • sterilize banks;
  • fill them with sheets of paper to the top;
  • prepare the marinade: 1 liter of water, 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of grape or apple cider vinegar;
  • pour the contents with boiling marinade;
  • seal.

After cooling, store the canned food in the refrigerator.

sterilize banks

Basil canning

Basil prepared in this way is an exquisite addition to fish and meat dishes. How to proceed:

  • sterilize a glass jar;
  • Lay the leaves in layers in a jar;
  • Sprinkle each layer with sea salt;
  • tamp until juice appears;
  • close the lid.

glass jar

Canned food should be kept in the refrigerator. Make sure that the juice covers the contents of the can. If not, add cold boiled water with salt (1 teaspoon per glass of water).

Some gardeners pour the contents of the jar with unrefined olive oil. It should cover the leaves.

olive oil


This is a common winter seasoning. Basil sprigs are mashed in a blender with salt and olive oil. Salt is a preservative and is used in excess. The oil determines the consistency of the puree. Garlic is sometimes added. The prepared pasta is either frozen or placed in sterile jars and stored in the refrigerator.

mashed in a blender

How much to store

Properly cooked and preserved basil is a delicious seasoning and medicine... It is recommended to store frozen herbs for no more than a year. Dried basil should be consumed within 3 months. In the refrigerator, greens are suitable for use for 5-7 days. At room temperature, the plant looks fresh for up to 5 days.

delicious seasoning

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