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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

BASIL — FRESH, RAW

Pantry Refrigerator
Blue Arrow Green Arrow 7-10 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 4-6 months
Tips
  • To store 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.
  • Refrigeration of fresh basil is not recommended, as it can cause the leaves to turn black.
  • 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.
  • Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.

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