To store fresh basil, put them in a jar of cool water. They can stay at room temperature for quite a while. Do not store in the frig....they will turn brown.
When you are ready to make pesto...here you go:
- 2 Cups of Fresh Basil
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 3/4 Cup olive oil
- 3/4 Cup of toasted pine nuts or pecans
- 1/2 Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Tips: I like to use a food processor. I start with leaves and slowly start adding the rest of the ingredients...leaving the cheese for last.
I try to use as little oil as possible. All of the numbers can be changed, so have fun with it.
I like it on some nice ciabatta bread from Cantoro's. Let me know your pesto story.