Summer is high season for fresh basil. Here’s a neat way of keeping basil for the winter months: freeze it into basil ice cubes. First, rinse and dry the leaves. Next, chop the basil in a food processor with just enough olive oil to form a thick paste. Press the paste into ice cube trays–about a tablespoon of paste per cube. Once frozen, pop the cubes out and store them in freezer bags or rigid plastic containers. You can often add the frozen basil cubes directly to a dish as it’s cooking, notes Nyleve.
Basil cube season again