Sunday, August 10, 2014

Make Pesto Cubes for #SundaySupper {Saving Summer}

Happy Sunday, all!  Welcome to the Saving Summer #SundaySupper event hosted by Stacy at Food Lust People Love and Tara at Noshing with the Nolands.  It is the time of year when produce is available everywhere in abundance, tomatoes are at their best and plants are overflowing, zucchini is everywhere, basil plants are over producing…it is also the time to preserve the harvest for the long dark winter months to come.  There is nothing like a sun ripened tomato in the middle of winter…

My canning method of choice - well, it may be a little unorthodox but I love it - freezing.  Yup, that's right.  I blanch beans then stick them in freezer bags.  Tomatoes? I cut out the stem, place them in freezer bags, and freeze them just like that.  Extra's get slow roasted and also frozen.  I pop blueberries into containers and yes, freeze them.  Peaches get blanched, sliced and frozen.  There are also strawberries as well as cherries and Pesto Cubes.  The only problem?  It seems that I am running out of space in my freezer….

Now let me tell you a little bit about Pesto Cubes - they are awesome; for a quick dinner I pop a cube right into the hot pasta and let it melt into it.  They are delicious plus so super easy to make.  Get all of the ingredients together and blend them in your kitchen machine.  Scoop individual servings into an ice cube tray, let them freeze, and when frozen pop them out to place in a freezer bag.  They are ready to go…

Pesto Cubes - makes about 20 cubes
5 C {packed} fresh basil, washed
2 C walnut
1 full head of garlic, individual cloves peeled {about 15 cloves or more}
1/2 C lemon juice
1 C olive oil
1 TB salt

***2 clean ice cube trays***

  1. Place basil, walnuts, and garlic in a kitchen machine. Chop fine.
  2. Slowly add lemon juice
  3. Slowly add olive oil
  4. Add 1 TB salt and mix in
  5. Using a teaspoon carefully scoop pesto into the tray
  6. Place in freezer
  7. When frozen - about 8 hours - gently pop the individual cubes by sliding a knife around it's edges out of the ice cube trays.  Place immediately into freezer bags.
  8. Put on pasta, soups, etc.  - Add cheese if desired when cooking

Now be sure to check out all the other great ideas on how to save summer….

Learn how to …

Sip sunny cocktails and smoothies

Scoop up special salsas and sauces

Jump into jellies, jams and preserves

Pucker up for pickles

Slurp and spoon soup and a side dish

Dive into divine desserts

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