One delicious and versatile way to utilize fresh basil is to make Basil Butter. The butter will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for a month.
So rarely do we have enough fresh basil to make this fantastic dish that it is a veritable delicacy!
Gremolata is a classic Italian combination of lemon zest, garlic and parsley. Use it to add a fresh touch to pasta (recipe below), risotto, sauteed swiss chard (recipe included in side dishes) or steamed green beans. This would also be a great way to prepare beet greens.
This is the very basic recipe. Try single herb vinegars as well as combinations of herbs to create your special blends.
Ice Cream Pail Pickles
This recipe quick and easy pickle recipe results in a 'bread and butter' style pickle that doesn't require processing. Once complete they keep in the fridge for months.
Preserved Dill and Onion Greens
This is a traditional Mennonite recipe for preserving the dill for winter use. It is very simple and a fantastic way to retain the fresh dill flavor.