I love fresh Basil. In the Summer I usually have loads of plants planted outside, so availability isn’t a problem. In the Winter, I buy a bunch of Basil from the grocery or farm stand. The problem is, if you don’t use it right away, it wilts. I mean withing 2 days it wilts. I’ve tried everything,and it still wilts.
The question is, what is the secret to Reviving Fresh Basil???
The other day I knew I had Basil and needed for a recipe. It was holiday time, and of course the grocery was out of it. I tried another,and they were put as well. So I came home and Googled how to revive the slightly wilted Basil that I had. It said to soak in cold water. So I tried it. I did revive. But it took a while. Like quite a few hours. But the good thing was it revived enough that I could use in my recipe.
Since then, I have googled again, and find some people use ice water to shock for a few minutes, some say cold (but not too cold) water and soak for 12 hours or so. It’s pretty interesting that it’s even possible to revive wilted herbs. I will definitely try this in the future, as unless you use what you have purchase at the store right away, you will be faced with wilted herbs. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an area where you can grow herbs year round, or have a greenhouse.
For me,soaking in cold water overnight did the trick.
So when you’re stuck try soaking your Basil. It will revive to nice and fresh.