I bought some basil at the farmer's market and would like to make pesto. Does anyone know of a way to freeze or can pesto so I can use it at a later date? I'd like to make a big batch and use some throughout the winter.<br><br>
I knew a woman who used to freeze it in ice cube trays--then take the little pesto cubes out and store in a larger container or ziplock. You can use as much or as little as you want, then.<br><br>
I'm sure you could can it in small jars, too. But, because it's not acidic like fruit, you'd need to use a pressure canner, instead of doing a water-bath can in a regular pot.
I've frozen it with great success. I know some folks say to leave the cheese out until after it's thawed, but I've always frozen my regular recipe and never had any problems. I usually freeze in ~1 cup measurements, but the ice cube tray method is great, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
HTH! It's so nice to have pasta or salmon with pesto, or pesto/cream cheese spread, in the middle of winter and enjoy that fresh summery taste. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
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This is what I do and it works great. I use silicone ice cube trays and the cubes are super easy to pop out once frozen.
My FIL freezes his flat in a zip-top bag; when he wants to use it, he just breaks off a chunk and puts it in a bowl to thaw... the flat bag takes up very little room in the freezer too.<br><br>
But I think the ice cube tray method sounds good too!