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Making Pesto

What does one do with a glut of basil from their garden?

Making Pesto

Why, make pesto of course!!

I had no real recipe, I just picked off all the basil leaves; I have sweet and purple basil here.

Making Pesto

I can not begin to tell you how good this smelled!

Making Pesto

Garlic and pine nuts...

Making Pesto

and of course parmasan cheese!

Making Pesto

Blend it up very well...

Making Pesto

Don't forget the olive oil! Lots of it!

Making Pesto

And finally give it a freeze in little homes; pack them away in an airtight container once solid, they should keep for a while!

I made another batch using macadamia nuts instead of pine nuts because I had that much basil to use up!
If you don't want to freeze your pesto, store it in an airtight container, but make sure you have a layer of olive oil on top.

I've been enjoying pesto for breakfast (on toast with some sliced tomato), for lunch (spreads on sammaches!) and for dinner (spread ontop of grilled eggplant with tomato sauce, or stuffed into hollowed out cherry tomatos with cheese! ) Delish!


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Mar. 8th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I've been told not to freeze any soups with cream or milk in them, but perhaps it's different for cheeses. Anyway, yum yum!
Mar. 8th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
Milk proteins tend to go a bit funny when they freeze; but it doesn't damage it beyond consumption (that I know of)
I freeze blocks of cream cheese that I use for baking, for example. I wouldn't use it to spread, but for cooking it tastes and acts just fine!

Pesto freezes and de-frosts just fine! Delicious!
Mar. 8th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Pesto freezes and de-frosts just fine, especially if you plan on cooking with it!

Wooo! Good luck with the herbs! As long as they get sunlight and a watering every now and again, it should be difficult NOT to grow chives! Mint is another hard-to-kill type, and of course Rosemary THRIVES on neglect! (I've actually been told to treat rosemary a bit harshly, as it produces better flavourings!)
Mar. 7th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)

That's a lot of pesto, did you grow mint to balance out what it does to your breath? [harhar that was my attempt at a joke]
Mar. 8th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Keeps the vampires away! :D

I do have mint that's gone a bit mad; I had to transfer it to a pot all of its own since it was hogging the pot it was supposed to be sharing with some other herbs!!
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