In the last article I wrote about Thai basil, I briefly discussed some of the uses of Thai basil. In this article, I will elaborate on some of Thai basil’s many uses that I’ve personally found for it. They may not be what everyone else would consider to be “mainstream” but they are some great recipes I have discovered in my time dealing with Thai basil. To find out how to plant or harvest Thai basil please read my other articles on the subject, which are prior to this one. In this article we will discus several key topics: How to cook with Thai basil, How to use Thai basil in tea, How to use Thai basil in medicine, and How to use Thai basil in beer.
How to Cook with Thai basil
Cooking with Thai basil is one of the more unique qualities in culinary arts. It is not an herb often found in recipes, requiring a user to be creative. I have personally found that Thai basil makes for a great addition to salad. To do this simply cut up the leaves into quarters and mix them in with a garden salad. Your guests will be attracted to the taste and smell of your original salad. In addition, I have found Thai basil to be a great addition to pork. Pick the leaves the morning before you plan to cook the pork and put it in the freezer. When you are about to cook your pork, remove the leaves from the freezer, break them once, and place them underneath the pork. The oils will saturate your pork, leaving a great taste behind. I do not recommend the taste with other meats. I have tried nearly everything else but pork appears to be Thai basil’s only compliment.
How to use Thai basil in Tea
I have found that one of the best things for Thai basil is using it in a tea. To do this properly, you must boil water, break the leaves into the water, place tea bags in the water, then remove the tea bags and Thai basil leaves with a filter. During the process the Thai basil essential oils, which will be discussed more in Thai basil medicinal uses, are released during the boiling process, giving your tea a unique and exotic taste that only Thai basil can provide. I have named this tea Thai basil Billy Tea (TBBT) because as far as I know, no one else uses Thai basil for tea.
How to use Thai basil in Medicine
Thai basil leaves, flowers, and stem hold what is called “essential oil” to obtain essential you must make or purchase a still, which allows you to obtain and filter the essential oil. If you can accomplish this then you will be able to find some of the more complex uses of this plant, such as its great stress relieving ability. But, if you do not have a still, have no fear. You can simply break open the leaves and rub the oil underneath your nose. I have found that after a long hard day in the yard this helps relax me. I also rub the leaves underneath my eyelids and on my forehead, allowing the aroma to overtake my body. You will find yourself deeply relaxed from this activity, discovering one of the best medicinal uses for Thai basil.
How to use Thai basil in Beer
I absolutely love this part of Thai basil, its use in beer. I found out one day while trying to create new ideas for a beer that the flowers from it, which need to be pruned anyway if your going to use the leaves in tea or cooking, provide a GREAT flavor that is completely unheard of in the beer industry. If you make beer for a living or just make it for fun then you will love Thai basil as an addition to one of your recipes. To do this simply follow regular beer making instruction and add a few flowers in with the hops, allowing the flavor to simmer in to the brew. Keep in mind that several plants will be needed to do this.