Keep basil fresh for up to a week with a simple cup of water. This method is similar to keeping a bouquet of cut flowers fresh. First, trim the stems of the basil with a sharp knife. Then, place the bunch into a glass of water. Cover with a plastic bag (a produce bag works well for this). Place in the refrigerator, and you’ll have fresh basil all week long.
Now, for some ideas on how to use this herb. It’s great on pizza, and can be used as the “L” in a delicious spin on the BLT. Mix chopped basil into a simple oil and vinegar dressing to give it some flair.