Bright Green Basil Pesto
- 4 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted and cool
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/3 cup shredded Pecorino Ramano cheese
- 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
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Well, after a wonderful growing season it is time to harvest the better part of the basil crop. I have been eating off the plants all season and LOVING my tomato, mozzarella, basil sandwiches. But before the entire crop goes to seed and I loose the leaves I decided it was time to harvest and MAKE PESTO!!!
Once you have made your pesto you have two options.
- Eat it with in 2 weeks or so.
The option you DO NOT have is to can it. Either water bath or pressure canning.
So let’s freeze it!
Fill your clean canning jars with pesto removing as much air as possible.
Pour on a layer of extra virgin olive oil. This ‘seals’ in the pesto keeping air from touching the pesto. Air is what causes oxidation of the pesto. By pouring oil over the pesto it ensures that air does not come into contact, even in the freezer.
Pour in enough just to cover. Don’t fill to the tippy top as when it freezes the pesto will expand.
Cover with a lid and a ring.
You are ready for the freezer!
Check out that green color! This is what happens when you take a few extra minutes to blanch the pesto to lock in the color. No muddy green pesto here!