How do I measure basil for pesto?
Pesto is all about the basil, so you don’t want to skimp! To measure basil for pesto, pack the measuring cup with basil leaves. If you’re lucky enough to have basil in your garden, you know basil can sometimes go wild in the heat of summer. Pesto is the perfect way to use up your bumper crop.
How should I store pesto?
If you aren’t planning to use your pesto right away, cover with plastic wrap—wrap should be directly on the surface of the pesto to prevent darkening. Note, pesto will darken but retain its bold flavor.
How long will pesto keep in the refrigerator and freezer?
Refrigerated properly, pesto will keep 5 days in the fridge. Stored in a resealable plastic bag, pesto will keep 1 month in the freezer.
Alternately, spoon fresh pesto into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once pesto has frozen, cubes can be removed and stored in a freezer plastic bag. With these frozen flavor bombs in the freezer, there’s always an easy dinner solution waiting for you!
Should I use a food processor, blender or mortar and pestle to make pesto?
All of of the above! You can use a food processor or blender to make pesto quickly. You can also use a mortar and pestle to make pesto. Of course, this last method will require a little more elbow grease, but it works and yields delicious results. Some people prefer to make it this way and of course, it’s the traditional Italian way.
How do you make vegan pesto?
Pesto is made with mostly plant-based ingredients, including: basil, olive oil, garlic and pine nuts. The exception is Parmesan cheese. To make vegan pesto, simply skip the Parmesan. If you miss the nutty, umami richness of Parmesan, try swapping in nutritional yeast. This vegan ingredient has a similar flavor profile and can be found at many health food stores and natural foods coops.
How do you make dairy-free pesto?
You can easily make dairy-free pesto by skipping the Parmesan cheese, or you can substitute nutritional yeast, as described above.