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Old 05-08-2006, 02:21 PM
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Does anyone make their pesto ahead of time and then store it? How? Canning? Freezing? I love pesto but I'm too lazy to make it all the time and it's expensive in stores. At least here it is.
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Old 05-08-2006, 02:26 PM
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Freezing would be the best way. Canning can be a real pain in the rear. Do you use fresh basil? If so, I'd blanch it first before making the pesto. That will make it freeze better.
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Old 05-08-2006, 02:27 PM
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oh good tip. Do you do it? I know you like to can stuff.

I plan on growing tons of tomatoes and canning them. That's my favourite food! ok, one of them
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Old 05-08-2006, 02:36 PM
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I do canning, but only with certain foods. Some things can better than others. Tomatoes are good because of their high natural acidity. But I don't see basil staying fresh in a jar as well.

Ooh, just thought of another tip! Depending on how much pesto you use in a sitting, try freezing it in an ice cube tray. Then store all the cubes in a big freezer bag. If you only want a little, you can just microwave one or two cubes.
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Old 05-08-2006, 02:38 PM
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Hey. Good thought. Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:19 PM
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Ooh, just thought of another tip! Depending on how much pesto you use in a sitting, try freezing it in an ice cube tray. Then store all the cubes in a big freezer bag. If you only want a little, you can just microwave one or two cubes.
That's exactly the way a friend of mine does hers, Gempress!

Oh, and it's soooo easy to freeze tomatoes, and they taste better than canned. Just quarter them and put them in freezer containers! If you want to have fresh puree to use, process some in the blender and freeze.
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:31 PM
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I'll need a new freezer if I want to freeze everything! the dog food takes up the little apartment one we have.
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Oh, and it's soooo easy to freeze tomatoes, and they taste better than canned.
Yes, but what about the whole decorative factor? There's nothing homier-looking than a pantry lined with bright red jars of tomatoes.
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:48 PM
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and peppers!
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:58 PM
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Gem hit it on the head, freeze the pesto. Of should I say "freezada pesto"

Another pesto variation I like to make is a Thai style cilantro pesto. It's awesome when you use it on chicken, fish or shrimp- mix it a quarter cup with the juice of 2 limes and a tablespoon of fish sauce or soy sauce, marinate for a couple hours (about 30 min for seafood) and then grill it up.

For cilantro pesto you use about 10 cloves of garlic, about a cup of packed cilantro (leaves and stems), about a tablespoon of peppercorns ground up, and a touch of oil to let it all puree together in the processor.
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