If you are growing herbs in your garden then right now you might have alot and not sure what to do with them. Do you dry them? Do you use them as is? How about we make delicious pesto and freeze them? Yes, let’s do that! Here we will use our fresh parsley and basil. Just think about in December when it’s freezing out and you’re in a bad mood because your boot has a hole in it and you stepped in a big slush pile. You come home, cranky, boil some pasta. What to put on top.. pesto… from your garden.. oh the summer time memories.. everything feels better now.
What can you do with pesto besides put in pasta? Use it as a pizza sauce. Marinade chicken or steak or shrimp in it. Use it as a vegetable dip. Make soup. So many options!
3 cups fresh parsley
4 cloves of garlic
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup fresh basil
What you’ll need to freeze:
Ice Cube Trays
Let’s make some pesto and freeze it behind the cut.
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Put in ice cube trays, freeze for a few hours. Take out and then package in freezer bags. Can it get more simpler?
From the recipe/ingredients above I made 2.5 batches of it which equaled 6 cups of fresh parsley and 1.5 cups of basil. I also made a quick batch of just basil pesto.
Gather your supplies.
I have 2 bags of walnuts just in case. I totally didn’t need all those but I’m overly prepared (in life). I have so many bottles of soy sauce in the pantry.. just in case.
Beautiful fresh parsley and basil, picked minutes before. MMMM. Smell it!
Parsley, I love you.
Basil, I love you.
Put your herbs and your garlic in your blender/processor.
Add your cheese.
Add your nuts. I like to use walnuts, some people use pine nuts. Whatever.
Put your olive oil in. Look at this.
Blend, blend, blend.
Take it out and put it in a plastic bag. Seal it shut.
Get your ice cube trays and some scissors. Cut the bottom corner of your plastic bag, you’re basically going to make it into a cake icing bag.
Start to fill them up…
All done? Yay! Cover them up with wrap and put them in the freezer.
Magic, they are frozen now!
Now you need to work quick when you take them out of the freezer because they like to melt pretty quickly. Work them out of the trays.
Put in bags. Label them if you must.
Hooray, frozen pesto cubes!