Love basil?…Not sure how to grow it or if you can….well the answer is yes, yes, yes.
It is one of the easiest to grow inside or out. Just buy some seeds, fill a clay pot with some good dirt, plant some of the package (all if you have a BIG pot or outside area), put next to a south facing window if you have that and water every five days or so. It will grow…….
Now what are you going to do with all that basil?
Make PESTO! AND freeze it. You can use this for many recipes to come.
Simple pesto recipe:
4 cups of FRESH basil leaves….no stems
1/2 cup olive oil ( just a good brand not the really cheap kind)
1-2 cloves of garlic (kinda squished)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese
6 sprigs of parsley (optional)
Put the basil in a blender or processor, add everything BUT the cheese and blend. Now if you are going to use this that day or soon add the cheese and toss, if you are going to freeze it….no cheese.
We have a sealing machine, so I put the pesto in about one cup serving in a small bag, freeze until firm and seal. Our new machine has a pulse setting so I can freeze it immediately without the green stuff squishing out. However, no machine….no problem….put pesto into freezer sandwich size bags, squeeze the air out and roll up (to save room more than anything else) then freeze. Believe it or not this will last for two years this way and still have great flavor and color. I have found that if the frozen pesto is older, add a little lemon juice when you open it to save that bright green color; Otherwise it changes to a deep green with a brown hue.
Pesto recipes……they will follow…….oh the excitement of waiting……Have a fantastic day!