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Pesto Your Herbs This Fall-before they get hit with the hard freeze
I ran into this really nice article:
Fall is a busy harvest season for gardeners and farmers. If you have leftover herbs in your garden this fall don't let them to go to waste. There are many ways to preserve herbs so you can enjoy them all winter long. Drying them has long been a great way to keep them, however, there are many other ways to use your fresh harvested herbs. For example, pesto is a great way to use basil and parsley.
Making pesto is as easy as 1-2-3 and there are a number of ways to use it. Here is all you will need for a traditional pesto recipe:
1/4 cup pine nuts, (or walnuts)
3 cups of fresh basil (or parsley) leaves packed down tightly
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil (first cold press preferably)
* Once you have chopped the nuts, combine with other ingredients except the oil and blend together.
* Using a food processor or blender add the oil to the dry ingredients and blend.
* You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender a couple of times to get an even consistency throughout the mixture.
Like I said, making pesto is easy and you'll have plenty that will keep fresh for about a week in the refrigerator.
Now, there is only so much fresh pesto a family can eat in one week, so what can you do with the excess? Freeze it! Here's how:
* Take some empty ice trays and pour in the pesto to make individual cubes and freeze them.
* Once frozen you can remove them and place them in a plastic bag or container and keep in the freezer
* You can add them to soups, pastas or stir fried dishes throughout the year as you prepare your family dinners.
Using PestoTry blending different herbs to gain different flavors so you won't get bored with your pasta dishes. For great appetizers, try using pesto as a spread with cheese on toasted bread such
as Bruschetta. When getting meat or fish ready for the oven or grill just rub on some pesto before cooking and you'll have the guests asking for your tasty and healthy dinner recipe.
Pesto will add flavor and goodness to any of your favorite dinner recipes. For more information on herbs and spices check out our website in the author bio' below.
Deborah is a partner in Ipcor Publishing and publisher of the website Get In Shape. You can find more information about healthy food on her webpage Health Food and Vitamins
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Here is one with argula http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001055arugula_pesto.php
And a good one here too, pesto with spinach and then pesto with pasta http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,150462,00.html