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July 12, 2014
DIY Pesto

Whether you grow it or buy it, I highly recommend that in late summer and fall, (or whenever fresh basil is abundant in your area), you make a big batch of basil pesto to be stored in the freezer for those dreary winter days. In a food processor, combine fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, some parsley leaves, and extra-virgin olive oil, and freeze it in ice cube trays. Once it is frozen, pop the cubes out, wrap them in a bit of plastic, then seal the batch in giant ziplock bags. Protected from freezer burn, your basil cubes will provide bursts of fresh flavor in soups, tomato sauces, and vegetable pasta sauces all year long!