How to Keep Basil Plus a Pesto Recipe

Basil is a wonderful herb with lots of qualities but one negative thing about it is it wilts and gets slimy quickly. Fortunately, it’s an herb that freezes rather well and does not lose its pungent taste or smell. To freeze basil stick it into a ziplock freezer bag, squeeze the air from the bag and then toss into the freezer. Do not forget to write the date you froze the basil onto the freezer bag so you can ensure freshness.


Fresh Pesto

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

3 cloves garlic crushes and peeled

1/4 cup pine nuts

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Combine the basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until mixed well and then season with salt and pepper. Pour the remaining oil and pulse until smooth and then add pesto to a large serving bowl. Mix in the cheese and add other herbs as desired.

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