We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Basil, Garlic, and .......?

What do you do when you have lots of basil? Make pesto. I just finished putting the food processor away. I cannot imagine making pesto without it. A couple of years ago our 30 year old food processor gave out while making pesto. What a chore to finish up the batch. I ran over to Costco and bought a Cuisinart. Fabulous piece of equipment when I have to make batches of pesto.

I have 7 large packets in the freezer now. This is the best pesto I have ever made. The basil and garlic have been terrific this year. So I planted more basil today. I should have basil by mid September for probably 12 batches of pesto. That should be enough to last until next summer. Yum!


  1. I always grow lots of basil--and rarely end up using much of it. I dry some for cooking with. I should take one of those cooking with herbs classes. I know a lot of people that really don't know what to do with it all.
    Enjoy all that bounty in the freezer. It's a good feeling, isn't it?

    1. Yes it is a great feeling. I don't can, but we freeze tomatoes and pesto. It was the best pesto I have ever made.

  2. I enjoy pesto, but I tend to under-utilize my basil. But the flowers attract a lot of pollinators so I don't feel like I'm "wasting" it