Shelf Life Tips
- How long does fresh basil last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, store fresh basil in a dry area and keep loosely covered.
Should you refrigerate fresh basil? No, refrigerating fresh basil is not recommended, as it can cause the leaves to turn black.
How should fresh basil be stored? To maximize the shelf life of fresh basil: (1)Trim the ends and place basil in a glass containing about one inch of water; (2) Cover with a loose-fitting plastic bag and leave at room temperature; (3) Replace water when it gets cloudy.
How long does fresh basil last at room temperature? Properly stored, fresh basil will usually keep well for about 7 to 10 days at room temperature.
Can you freeze fresh basil? Yes, to freeze fresh basil: (1) Wash, trim and chop the basil; (2) Allow to dry thoroughly; (3) Once dry, place in heavy-duty freezer bags or freeze in ice cube trays with a small amount of water, then transfer to freezer bags.
How long does fresh basil last in the freezer? Properly stored, fresh basil will maintain best quality for about 4 to 6 months in the freezer, but will remain safe beyond that time.
- The freezer time shown is for best quality only - basil that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
How to tell if basil is bad or spoiled? Basil that is spoiling will typically become soft and discolored and the leaves will start to darken; discard any basil that has an off smell or appearance.
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