Make pesto now while basil is in season

  • By Jessi Loerch
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:37am
  • Life

On Sunday, my husband came home from the farmers market with two giant bunches of basil.

They were beautifully green and filled my kitchen with the scent of summer.

Every year I make pesto to save for the winter. It’s criminally easy to make. Come some dreary January day, I’ll be able to enjoy the flavors of summer for minimal effort. Seriously, the process takes about 5 minutes.

So, while the basil is easy to find and delicious, might I suggest you make some, too? Here’s how to do it.

Basil pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed tight
  • 3 cloves garlic, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions

Rinse the basil leaves, then shake them as dry as you can. Drop all of the pine nuts and garlic in a food processor. Give it a few quick pulses and then add in the basil. Process until it’s well mixed and all the large pieces are gone. Add in the olive oil and process until the whole mixture is smooth. The mix should be slightly oily all the way through. If it’s not, add more oil.

If you’re going to eat the pesto immediately, add in some freshly shredded parmesan cheese. If you’re going to save it, spoon it into an ice cube tray.

I like to add a tiny layer of oil over the top of each cube. It minimizes how much the pesto turns brown. You could also cover the whole tray with plastic wrap. This step is completely optional.

Once your pesto is frozen solid, pop the cubes out of the trays and store tightly covered in the freezer.

When you’re ready to use it, take out as many cubes as you need and have fun. You can let them melt in the fridge, put them in the microwave, or simply drop them in a warm pot and stir carefully to keep them from singeing.

Once the pesto is melted, add parmesan if desired.

Smugly congratulate yourself for being smart enough to plan ahead in the summer.

More in Life

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Lucasfilm
                                Daisy Ridley stars as Rey in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend of all-time

The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas… Continue reading

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

Most Read