My basil was about done, so I decided to get some use out of it and not just watch it die. I decided to pull it all up and dry it. Here is a picture of it--nineteen plants in all.
Step 1. Pluck all the leaves off the plants.
Watch out for bugs.
Step 2. Rinse the leaves.
Step 3. Spin the leaves in a lettuce spinner.
Step 4. Preheat the oven to as low as it goes.
Step 5. Lay the leaves out on pans.
Step 6. Put the pans in the oven.
Step 7. Cook the basil for 2-3 hours or until the leaves are very dry and crispy. They should crumble easily.
Step 8. Crumble the dried basil by rubbing it between your hands.
There! All done.