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Save fresh herbs in a small vase of water.

Save fresh herbs in a small vase of water.

Our herbs are always one of the best things in our garden. They’re thriving right now in all the sun and warmth of summer. The basil is especially growing strong. I’ve already pinched back a bunch and made some delicious pesto.

We’ll have to make another batch soon, but usually when we pick basil it’s more than we can ever use in one dish.

To save the basil (and a couple trips outside), we always make sure to get as much of the stem as possible. Then, we use what we need and store the rest in a small vase.

This really works for almost any herb – just make sure to remove any leaves that would be below the water line.

It will stay fresh like this for about a week. Plus, it makes the kitchen smell amazing!

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Lots of basil!

Lots of basil!

It must be a prime spot in the garden because our basil was seriously getting out of control. The plants themselves were taller than they’ve ever been in the past three years, and some of the leaves were almost the size of our palms.

Just to bring the plants back to a more manageable size, we had to pick a ton of basil – a full colander of about 3-4 cups when packed down. The first thing I always think of when there is an abundance of basil is to make pesto. It’s really easy to make and can be adjusted to taste.

Here’s the basic recipe* I use:

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