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How to clean fresh basil so it doesn't turn black?

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We have a 2 ft high basil plant that will die off soon now that the weather is colder at night and I want to try to preserve the leaves for cooking.  I've tried a few times now, but every time I wash it, the leaves turn mostly black :(.  How do I clean the leaves to prevent them from turning black?  (And, yes, we do need to wash it thoroughly as we have to spray for mosquitoes during the summer.)

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How about washing thoroughly while it is still on the plant, then covering the plant and harvesting once it dries off.

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From my experience; always cut off branches and let the leaves on to wash them. The plant will start to grow new branches from where you cut them off. It keeps your basil strong and prevents the plant from flowering.
Use very cold water to wash them; it will allow you to soak the branches for a while and... the leaves will firm up a little.
Also, always use a cutting movement with your knife instead of chopping the leaves; that's when they will turn black.
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