What does it cost? $2 to $3 for a small bunch.
What do I do with it? Basil does not require a lot of cooking time. In fact, the longer you cook it, the more flavor will be lost. It’s best to use it fresh on sandwiches and in salads or to add chopped leaves to sauces at the very last minute. Try stirring basil into store-bought pasta sauce to add fresh flavor.
How do I cut it? If there are small leaves in the bunch, use them as is. For large leaves, stack a few at a time, fold the stack in half, and then slice the folded stack into strips. If you want smaller pieces, turn the strips 90 degrees and slice again.
How do I store it? Snip off the bottom of the stems, and dry the leaves completely. Fill a cup or jar half full with water and place the stem ends into the water. Find a plastic bag, punch a few holes into it and cover the basil. Store on your counter out of direct sunlight, and change the water every day or so. The basil should keep for at least a week, if not more.
Think out of the box. Try adding basil stems with leaves to your next flower arrangement; everyone will be wondering what smells so good. Share the secret or keep it to yourself…we won’t tell!