Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Temperatures are dropping at night, it won't be long before we get a frost, time to take the tender plants in and harvest the basil. I will dry some basil but most of it will be made into pesto.
Lots of pesto recipes out there, this is the recipe I use

2 cups packed basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 cloves minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Put all ingredients together in a food processor and process until it is smooth.
I then spoon out it out into portions using an ice cube tray and freeze, after it freezes pop out and store in a freezer bag. (not an original idea, got this tip from a Southern Living magazine years ago)

No ice cube trays because you were decluttering and got rid of them, (that would be me) you can use a Styrofoam egg container to freeze portions. (I wasn't going to buy an ice cube tray after I just donated mine) 
One of the nice things about making pesto is the lovely smell that fills the kitchen, an even better thing  about making pesto is eating it on pizza later this winter


Ma said...

Hi there,

I'm visiting from Petra's place. I think your pesto probably turned out much better than mine!

The egg carton is a good idea, too.

Petra said...

That looks very delicious, Maryann! Ice trays I have but no food processor or basil leaves:) Perhaps next year. We do love pizza! Thank you so much for linking your good work! Blessings to you!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh thanks...it is still warm here so I am watching my basil, but know I need to get her in before the first drop...pesto, so good.

Debbie said...

Sounds great!! Have a good day!

Sandy said...

This does sound like a good
one. I don't have a processor
but it's on my Christmas list.;0)
Thanks for sharing. I love a good pesto.

Farm Girl said...

It looks yummy, I love Pesto.
How are you doing? I was thinking about you.

Debbie said...

That sounds delicious! I have never made my own pesto. Of course, I didn't grow any herbs this year so it will have to wait until next year.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thanks so much for your idea on clean-up...I love it and we will be doing that this year. I am getting too tired to handle it all myself...there is always at least 12 of us and we are still growing...this is without extended family.
Thanks...that is fun.

Kim said...

Thanks for the pesto recipe...I will have to try it next year. Our basil crop froze out a month ago. I love the egg carton idea.