I have never tried companion planting before. I grew my own Genovese basil transplants this year and so had quite a few and decided to plant them next to tomato plants, as I had heard that is a good combination. It must be. I've never had such glorious basil before! The basil is on the left next to the tomato plant.
I went out this afternoon and cut a basketful of the fresh basil.
Then I removed the leaves from the stems, washed them well and gave them a few spins in the salad spinner.
Next I chopped them in the food processor and put them into a quart jar.
Finally, I covered them with apple cider vinegar and put a lid on the jar.
If my house was cooler, I'd just let it sit in a cupboard, but the house gets pretty hot this time of year, so I will store it in the refrigerator. When I want basil for cooking (pesto, spaghetti sauce, pizza, soup, roast, chicken.. etc.) I can just retrieve what I need and it will be like having fresh basil all year!