We’ve never lived where we could buy good, fresh herbs in the grocery store, especially during the middle o the winter, so I do everything within my power to save as many of my herbs as I can. The basil is producing like crazy and I’m trying to stay ahead of it, cutting it back before it flowers and goes to seed. In previous years, I’ve made pesto and frozen it in ice cubes, then dumped those into freezer bags. This year I found these Frozen Herb Starters at Wal-Mart.
There are two trays per box. I like them because they’re nice and deep and there are only 9 holes and they have a lid.
The basil is washed, then a bit of lemon juice added, garlic from the garden is added, along with a little olive oil and it’s blended in the Ninja chopper.
A pretty good batch of basil fills up one container. This was half a grocery sack of basil . . stems and all and when I cut off the leaves, and ground them down, it only filled up 9 cubes and some of the cubes could have had a bit more in them! It takes a lot of basil!
I stick it in the freezer overnight.
Then dump the cubes, stick them in a ziplock bag and stick it in the freezer til needed.
I didn’t add any kind of nuts because sometimes, I’ll just want basil flavor and not really pesto but I’d be real happy if I could end up with 100 cubes of this mixture before the basil is gone.