Sunday, October 14, 2007
Basil in February - I Hope So!
I mentioned here that it is starting to feel more like fall here in TN. My herbs are starting to have that fall look to them. I read at Kalyn's Kitchen about freezing fresh herbs to use throughout the winter. I have never tried that before, always opting instead to spend a small fortune on those little tiny plastic packages of fresh herbs from the grocery store. What was really frustrating was that, more often than not, when I opened the packages I would find them moldy! After reading about how to freeze herbs, I thought that I would give it a try here. I make lots of soups and curries in the winter and tossing in some fresh herbs will really make a difference.
I read Kaylyn's post about this several weeks ago, and I didn't go back and look at it again before I started the process, so I used a blender instead of a food processor. I don't know that it really makes a difference, but I think a food processor might be better. I had to keep shoving the basil leaves down in the blender and it ended up that those on the bottom were almost liquid, while those on the top hadn't even been touched. Since I use basil in a lot of Mediterranean dishes, I used olive oil to keep the basil moist. I'm going to also try this with my Thai basil, and I'll probably use a more neutral oil for that.
This was so quick and easy to do, the hardest part was trying to find our old ice cube trays! We've had a refrigerator with an ice maker for so long, I had no idea where the trays were. I didn't do any canning this year, or last year, or the year before that, so it feels good to have put away something for the winter. I feel so like Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie. That is...if Laura had a blender, a refrigerator and a freezer!
Also, thanks to Katie from Thyme for Cooking for letting me know that my blogger feed has not been updating since July 31!!! I think that was right around when I signed up for Feedburner. Which was really stupid, because I don't have any idea what feedburner is, or why I even wanted it. But part of the process involved my typing in my feedburner url, or some such thing, and I type it in wrong. So, I think that is what has happened to my feed. I'm not really sure how to get it back, since I barely know how I lost it. I'm hoping that by erasing the incorrect name, deleting all possible feedburner feeds, that I am back to square one. If anyone else subscribes to me, and thank you from the bottom of my blogger heart, please let me know if you start receiving an updated feed.