One of my favorite parts of summer is getting to use all of the fresh herbs that we have growing in our herb bed but my favorite of all is making fresh Pesto. Michael and I both LOVE to eat it and this year has provided a bumper crop of Basil so today we spent a few hours making SEVENTEEN batches of Pesto to freeze for later dates.
This year we planted 5 Basil plants….3 from our local Lowe’s and 2 special ones from a nearby nursery. It has proven to be a good mix as the special ones don’t have as much aroma but definitely put on more leaves. When we mix the two it makes a perfect blend.
Here is the before and after of the bushes……
I felt a bit like Santa walking in with my big bundle of basil……
…… try saying that three times over!!
After washing and spinning the leaves……
…..Michael takes over with the preparation. The recipe is simple…..Basil, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Pine Nuts and Olive Oil…..
and he has the technique perfected…..
We mix all of the batches together at the end…..
…..and then split them into meal-size portions…..
It was a good result from a few hours of work…..