It was a bumper crop this year and Sunday I got 12 jars!
This is an Outdoor Wednesday post because if it wasn't for the temperature outdoors (a frost was predicted), I would not have all of these lovely jars of green heaven -- now!
There's more basil in the garden but alas, I'm out of jars and so a trip to the hardware store for another box -- there will be at least another dozen jars of basil for the winter.
Please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer and see what everyone is doing outside on Outdoor Wednesday.
The pesto is easy to make -- just pine nuts (or walnuts if you don't want to spend extra for the pignoles), basil, garlic, a bit of salt and olive oil.
1 3/4 cups olive oil
6 cloves garlic
3/4 cup pine nuts (or walnuts)
7 1/2 cups basil, packed
Salt to taste
Put garlic, pine nuts, salt and basil in a food processor. Process for a couple of pulses. Add olive oil and process until smooth. Pour into jars. Will last about a week in the fridge. Longer in the freezer.
Oh, did I grow the basil too, Martha and I didn't do a darn thing with it. It is probably no good by now (I am not at the lake until this coming weekend), but if I am lucky, I will follow your recipe.
Thanks so much!! ;-)
Oh that is great, making your own pesto. I love pesto.
Have a nice day
I think it is wonderful that you use your produce and have it for the entire year or at least, almost. That is a lot of pesto.
Be still my heart!
Love pesto and yours looks beautiful. Do you add parmesan before using it? I do not add the parmesan before freezing it, but before I use it.
I often make pesto and I often eat it straight out of the jar ! ;o))
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I have never had homeade pesto - looks really good !
I am envious! Your pesto looks lovely!
By the way---I have ordered my vanilla beans from Penzey's and can hardly wait to make your homemade vanilla!!!
I see a whole lot of pasta and pesto in your future:)
I should have picked my basil much sooner because it didn't like the cooler temps at all. You must have had a bumper crop of basil to get all of that beautiful pesto!
Homemade pesto, looks really yummie! Love the idea of making a bunch of it and store for the "rainiy" days :-)
You've been very busy as always. Loved this post.
Martha, your pesto looks wonderful. This was an ambitious undertaking.
We make pesto, but only for immediate use. Our basil is done. I wish I would have made batches for the winter. I love pesto and even have it in my scrambled eggs.
This sounds yummy good--we have a restaurant here that uses pesto on it's chicken pizza. Love it!
Pesto is one of my all time favorites. I can just imagine how much basil you had to grow to get 12 big jars!
Love the pesto. Yummy.
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