I want to buy my own plants... but what do I do with them?

United States
July 31, 2009 9:02pm CST
I finally found a parsley plant and a basil plant at Wal-mart yesterday. I almost bought them both. But then I started thinking and I wasn't sure what to do with them. I know parsley I can use as is, or I can dry it to use later. Not sure how to dry it but I know I can! But the basil I really wasn't sure of. I figured I can dry it... but how? Can I use the leaves straight from the plant? Do I have to dry them first? What is the best way to dry leaves so I can use them? Help... I want to eat more natural but I don't know what to do!!!!
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5 responses
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hi macdlingolinger, I don't really use parsley so can't help you there but probably use basil every day in the summer. I just take the fresh leaves off the plant and and rip them into pieces and add to salads, they go especut frially well with tomatoes in olive oil. I wouldn't dry it at all but it freezes really well, you can just pop it in ice cube trays with some water and then throw them in whatever you want as the ice preserves the leaf perfectly. They are also a great addition to home made tomato soup but I adore the fresh taste in salads, to me a salad wouldn't be a salad without fresh basil.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
Thanks for the information! I will probably try freezing the basil. I am loving it in soups almost every day now I will have to try in in salads... Thanks again!!
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hi again, I just wanted something really light tonight as not feeling too good with the heat so I made a cherry tomato and basil salad with a little olive oil, to go with some scramble eggs with basil in, it really does bring out the flavours.
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Oh, thanks for the best response, I didn't notice, much appreciated.
@jb78000 (15163)
1 Aug 09
i think with all herbs you can use them straight from the plant or dry them. fresh basil is great but the flavour seems stronger when you dry it. i have a lot of herb plants i grew from seeds and they make nice house plants as well as being handy for cooking.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
I guess it would be stronger if it's dried because it's more of it.. like it's concentrated. I was thinking they would make good house plants too. But the basil has little flowers and I usually have allergies... so I am not real sure!!Thanks for the information!!
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@kprofgames (3098)
• United States
1 Aug 09
My mother raises both of them and she dries them in her oven - low setting maybe 280 or 300 and just check them. I think finely chopped it shouldn't take more then 5 minutes. I'm alittle fuzzy on the time details. I love basil and use it in about everything I make, parsley is a great additive for color but basil - oh you will fall in love with basil. She stores them in air tight jars like an olive jar or pickle jar or you can up them in zip lock bags too. Seriously, you wouldn't believe the extra flavor from them.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
Thanks so much! I may need to go back nd grab a couple of plants then! I am loving basil, but so far I have only purchased the dried chopped varieties.
• India
17 Nov 10
Here in india one can see basil plants in almost all homes, we hindus consider this as holy plant, treat this as a goddess , we call TULSI Well the leaves can be dried in shade, and preserved as such or in freeze, try this!! Thank you so much for this discussion. Professor. . Cheers have a great day ahead. God bless you. Welcome always.
@cianoy (513)
• Philippines
14 May 10
You can use basil for cooking (pesto, grilled stuff, fried eggs, etc) but there's also a certain joy of just taking care of the plants. Buy them and propagate. It's a great experience.