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Old 07-08-2014, 11:13 AM   #11
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I have friends who freeze it in zipper bags. Then they freeze it flat. When they need some, they break off a piece/pieces and reseal the bag.
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When I make mine, I store it in smaller jars. Keep one on hand. Rest goes into freezer. Seems to work for us.
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I have friends who freeze it in zipper bags. Then they freeze it flat. When they need some, they break off a piece/pieces and reseal the bag.
That sounds like a great idea. I need to do this next time a make it.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:27 PM   #14
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I freeze it in little jars or ice cube trays topped with a bit of olive oil. Also, it seems to last longer and taste fresher if you just freeze the basil paste, and add the nuts and cheese later. I've done it both with and without.
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I freeze it in little jars or ice cube trays topped with a bit of olive oil. Also, it seems to last longer and taste fresher if you just freeze the basil paste, and add the nuts and cheese later. I've done it both with and without.
That does sound like it would work better.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:20 AM   #16
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I have never made or eaten pesto. On tv I have seen people use it as a sauce for pasta. What else do you guys do with it?
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:33 AM   #17
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I have never made or eaten pesto. On tv I have seen people use it as a sauce for pasta. What else do you guys do with it?
I use it with grilled chicken. I also use it in place of mayo in wraps. I toss a cube or two in chicken noodle soup. I use it in place of the tomato sauce on pizza.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:55 AM   #18
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I have never made or eaten pesto. On tv I have seen people use it as a sauce for pasta. What else do you guys do with it?
You don't know what you're missing, Carol. If you like basil, you'll LOVE pesto

I freeze some and put 1/4 cup or so in soups and stews during the winter. You can use it instead of basil leaves on caprese salad, with fresh sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. I like to put it on bruschetta - toast slices of baguette, rub with cut garlic, spread with pesto, and top with diced tomatoes and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Use it as a seasoning to finish grilled or sautéed vegetables - toss them in pesto thinned with a little olive oil. Add oil and vinegar to make salad dressing. I also use it as a spread on wraps with chicken and veggies.

Here are some more ideas: 10 Ways to Use Pesto Besides Pasta - Tips from The Kitchn | The Kitchn
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Never knew it could be frozen/ reused successfully. I assumed the consistency would be affected
I've frozen pesto for years and I don't believe it is as good as just made fresh. I can definitely tell the difference, however, when it's freezing outside in February, I promise, your family won't complain about the quality of the pesto, just that it tastes wonderful!
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I have never made or eaten pesto. On tv I have seen people use it as a sauce for pasta. What else do you guys do with it?
Besides pasta, we use it on freshly made bread, and on regular or pannini sandwiches. It's fabulous.

When our dc was a baby, we were eating pesto and dc was sitting on my lap. They reached out and grabbed my penne and pesto off my fork and put in in their mouth! My husband and I were like, "Can babies eat pesto?" Well it is still our dc's favourite.
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