For this method you’ll need:
- fresh basil leaves
- pot of boiling water
- bowl of ice water
- cookie sheet(s)
- paper towel/towel
- slotted spoon
- storage container
Remove all the leaves from the plant stems and rinse them clean with cold water.
Prepare a bowl of ice water.
Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove top, Carefully add the basil leaves. Blanch for 5 – 10 seconds.
Remove the leaves with a slotted spoon and plunge them into the ice water to chill quickly to stop the cooking action.
Separate the leaves and lay flat on a cloth or paper towel and pat dry.
Lay them out on cookie sheet(s). I used two pans. Put the cookie sheet(s) in the freezer to flash freeze the basil leaves.
When they are frozen remove the leaves and put them into a bag or container. You can keep them in the freezer for months. They separate easily so you can use them in recipes.