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Old 06-21-2017, 01:28 PM   #1
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Pesto consistency question

Is there a proper pesto consistency or is it just a matter of preference ( which i guess ultimately it is)?

When I make it, it always has a little grittiness to it, which I don't mind. But it seems that the only way for me to achieve a real smoothness would be to add more oil, but then it would be too liquidy for me.

Ive always had it as a little gritty, so to me thats normal. That being said, I've only had my own, so I 'm curious of the consistency of others.

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Old 06-21-2017, 01:35 PM   #2
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I'm assuming the grittiness comes from the under processed nuts. How about if you processed the nuts first with a little oil and ground them into a finer paste then added the other ingredients.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:41 PM   #3
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Mine is always a little gritty because the pine nuts aren't completely pulverized. If I'm going to use it on pasta, I add more oil to thin it.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:47 PM   #4
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Have you trie making pesto with pistachios? It's really good.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:11 PM   #5
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I say make it like you want it. I like making my pesto in a mortar and pestle. I like a bit of texture. I add extra whole pine nuts after blending and extra lemon. Personal taste.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:40 PM   #6
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What are some nice, traditional pastas to pair with pesto? "silk handkerchiefs", tonnarelli and fettucine are some of which I have heard!
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:48 PM   #7
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I use corkscrews because they hang on to the sauce
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I say make it like you want it. I like making my pesto in a mortar and pestle. I like a bit of texture. I add extra whole pine nuts after blending and extra lemon. Personal taste.
Definitely personal taste. I've never put lemon in mine.
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I use corkscrews because they hang on to the sauce
Same here.
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Definitely personal taste. I've never put lemon in mine.
I'm a lemon junkie, add lemon and hot sauce to almost all my food and drinks. I should start a LA group lol!
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