A basil pesto is a wonderful way to preserve the taste of basil and enrich it with complementing flavours.
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Step 1: Ingredients
• 50 basil leaves
• 200 grams pine nuts
• 250 ml olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 handful freshly grated Pecorino/ Parmesan
Step 2: Equipment
• Mortar and pestle
• Kitchen scale
• Kitchen knife
• Cheese grater/ peeler
• Mason jar
• Garlic dicer
Step 3: Preparation
If you want to store the pesto for up to 5 days, pound all 200 grams of pine seeds. For a longer storage time pound only 50 grams and add the rest right before usage. This way you have a layer of olive oil sealing the food. To add more taste you could even roast the pine nuts in a pan for 2 minutes.
Peel the garlic cloves and remove any green. Dice them into the mortar.
Grate the cheese. I used 50 grams Pecorino, 50 grams Parmesan and 50 grams Beaufort. Add to the mixture and pound again. When ready, turn out into a bowl.
Pat the basil leaves dry, stack them upon each other, roll them to a cigar and cut them into small pieces. Add them to the mortar with the salt. Pound until coarsely chopped.
Step 7: Instructions:
Add both mixtures together in a bowl. While stirring, pour in some of the olive oil. Adding the olive oil slowly will help it emulsify. If you want to use the basil pesto within the next 5 days, add all the olive oil until fully incorporated and smooth. For a storage of up to 3 months in the freezer in a clean mason jar, keep 50 ml until you are done, then drizzle the remaining oil over the top. Thaw when needed and stir with the remaining 150 grams of pounded pine nuts.
Enjoy your meal!
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Canning and Pickling Contest 2016