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Frozen basil cubes

Freezing Basil in Ice Cube Trays

Fresh Basil is an amazing herb! And freezing it in olive oil is a great way to preserve the fresh flavor!
Prep Time 25 mins
Freeze 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Preserving Herbs
Cuisine Amish, Italian
Servings 12 basil cubes
Calories 167 kcal


  • 2 c. basil leaves, packed
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 c. olive oil


  • Cut off several large stems of basil and wash them.
  • Remove the leaves from the stems and drain off any excess water.
    2 c. basil leaves, packed
  • Chop the basil leaves, garlic cloves, and parmesan cheese.
    7 cloves garlic, 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • Add the salt and olive oil. Mix well.
    1/2 tsp. salt, 2/3 c. olive oil
  • Spoon into an ice cube tray. This should make twelve cubes.
  • Freeze until solid.
  • Remove the ice cubes and place them in a ziplock freezer bag.
  • Add one or two frozen cubes to the sauce when you are cooking spaghetti, lasagna, etc. Or add the cubes to any dish that would taste good with added basil and garlic.


If you love using pesto, you can add 4 tsp. pine nut powder, or add pine nuts to chop with the basil.


Serving: 1cubeSodium: 240mgCalcium: 190mgVitamin C: 8mgVitamin A: 2157IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 133mgCholesterol: 7mgCalories: 167kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 16gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 2gIron: 1mg
Keyword Freezing basil in ice cube trays, Preserve basil for winter
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