Thanks to a very dear friend, Michelle, I have learned to not only grow my own basil, but dry it for later use. If I can do this, anyone can!
First, grow basil in a pot (like below) or in your garden.
Next, pick the basil leaves off the plant, rinse them off, and pat dry.
Arrange the dried leaves on a paper plate or or paper towel. Cover with a dry paper towel.
Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds. Check their progress. Microwave for another 30 seconds until the leaves are dried out and crunchy. This usually takes me 1-1 1/2 minutes.
When the leaves are dry, they will look like this.
Using your fingers, crush the leaves like below. If you have any large stems, remove them from the pile.
Store in an air-tight jar for later use. I am recycling a store-bought container. I just changed the name to "Mom's Basil."
Cool shot, huh!?!?! Use in recipes just like you do store-bought seasoning.
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