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When I store basil in the fridge, sometimes it gets brown spots. Is it still usable? Is that valid also for Thai basil? Throwing it all away after 2-3 days seems such a waste. Also, how can I prevent this from happening?

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You can store it with the stems in a glass of water, like a bouquet, preferably not in the refrigerator. A few black spots that aren't moldy or slimy doesn't make it totally unusable, but it isn't very appealing to eat.

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If you have leftover basil you can also freeze it so it doesn't go to waste. It won't be that nice for salads or drinks, but it will still be perfectly good for putting in pasta sauces or pesto.

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If it's only been a few days, there's no sliminess or weird texture, and the smell is still fresh and basil-like with no hints of unpleasant decomposition, then what I've found is it's just a matter of presentation. It won't be very good for garnish, but if all you need out of it is its flavor, then it's fine. Blended into a puree or simmered in a sauce at the last minute, it still tastes fine to me. Even just by themselves, the mottled leaves have tasted fine, just a little rougher texture. So it's not necessarily a complete waste.

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yeah, im washing and eating them, tastes fine and no health issues so far! –  HaveAGuess Jan 14 at 22:18
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This is actually precisely the reason why it's not recommended to refrigerate fresh basil leaves.

I would not recommend consuming basil that has turned brown/black, especially if it is "slimy" to the touch. Even though a few brown spots are probably safe, it will be bitter and, well, slimy. Throw it away - and consider using some of the storage methods discussed in the link above.

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