We try not to play favorites when it comes to fresh herbs, but basil really makes us swoon. This pungent plant has sweet, tender leaves and an oh-so-subtle anise flavor that can brighten and balance almost any plate. In fact, so enamored are we with basil’s alluring aroma, we’ve been known to toss it into salads, soups, stews and, of course, spaghetti. The only problem? When we bring big verdant bunches of the stuff home from the store, it often turns brown and slimy before we can enjoy all those luscious leaves. Yep, our preferred cooking companion doesn’t always fare so well in the fridge but fortunately, we’ve found a waste-free solution: Try one of these methods for how to freeze basil and you’ll be able to savor its fresh flavor for months.