Almost Traditional Home-Made Pesto….
Traditionally, pesto would be made with a mortar and pestle.
I used a blender.
But the ingredients are traditional and in the traditional proportions.
I didn’t use spinach or walnuts or canola oil or chard or cilantro or any of the other things that many cooks use so creatively.
Don’t get me wrong…. I love all the variations.
But not this time.
My basil is the biggest, healthiest, most flavorful basil I have ever had in my garden.
And, besides…. why mess with a good thing?
Total time: 10 minutes
- 2 cups basil, leaves only, lightly packed – meaning somewhere between crushing it into the measuring cup and dropping it in.
- 1/3 cup fresh Parmesan, to measure cut in small cubes
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 3/4 – 1 cup good olive oil – enough to get the consistency you want for the sauce
- 2 cloves garlic
- Put everything but the oil in a blender.
- Add 1/2 cup oil and blend. Add more oil as needed. It really depends on how tightly you packed the basil. I used 1 cup of oil. It will keep about a week in the refrigerator, up to 9 months in the freezer.
Mon mari has been getting ready for winter.
He decided that it’s much more pleasant to be cutting firewood in his shirtsleeves than a heavy jacket and mittens.
This lot on the platform has to be cut into thirds in order to fit into the stove. They’re all a meter long.
That, and we have to make room for the two loads (10 cubic meters) coming in September.
In the past I’ve frozen them for winter…
It’s easy to do: just chop and freeze in ice-cube trays, covered in either water or stock. Pop them out when frozen and store in freezer bags.
This year I decided to dry them. (I ran out of room in my freezer last year.)
I admit I do it the easy way: cut the herbs, check for spiders, worms, and other critters, remove affected bits, tie up and dry.
I know there are some who think they should be washed first – but why get them wet before drying?
As to worries about not being ‘scrupulously clean’….
When we had vines (over 500 of them) and were making wine I realized something. After making sure that everything was clean and sterilized for the vendange, it occurred to me that no one sterilized the stinkbugs… or the spiders or flies or sticks or leaves that went right into the vat with the grapes.
If you are a fig fan… The FDA allows a certain percentage of wasp body parts in fig products.
Update: For more info on figs and wasps read Kristin’s post here.
My herbs are fine..
If you want nutrition information, try this site: Calorie Count