This semester, WM has his night classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, meaning I’m on my own for dinners. He’s not a fan of garlicky foods and garlic would my patronus, if a patronus could be a fragrant bulb. Meaning that on Mondays, we cook with garlic. With all of the basil growing in my garden, I knew I had to take a stab at making my own pesto, but for later.
It took two of these filled ‘baskets’ to yield 2 cups of packed basil leaves.
I used this pesto recipe from the New York Times. I know traditional pesto uses pine nuts instead of walnuts, but I…I. Okay. I did grocery shopping at Target this week and didn’t feel like going to another grocery store for pine nuts.
This isn’t a food blog, people. 🙂
I did grate my own Parmesan cheese. I have a small Ninja unit from about 10 years ago that is an amazing chopper. I used it to blend the pesto, which smelled AMAZING. I tasted a dollop and can’t wait to put it on some pasta.
But wait I must, so I put it in an ice cube tray to freeze for later. I love these ice cube trays from Target. (not a sponsored link, I just love them.)
REASONS WHY I LOVE THESE TRAYS:
1) they are small. WM and I don’t use a lot of ice, so we don’t need to take up a lot of freezer real estate with regulation-sized trays
2) the cubes are skinny enough to drop into a skinny-necked water bottle.
3) they are silicone, so you can skoosh the cubes up from the bottom rather than having to crack them out of a hard plastic tray
The downside is that they’re $2.99 a pop, and smaller than a standard tray that you’d get for less that.
Pesto can be stinky. I used a dedicated tray just for this. I put the filled tray into a gallon sized Ziploc bag before I put it into the freezer so that my freezer wouldn’t smell like pesto. I let the cubes freeze overnight.
Four cubes went to Mom, and the balance are in my freezer waiting for Pasta Mondays!
The silicone trays are much better than the plastic that cracks.
I LOVE pesto. This looks awesome. Great to know you have something like this in the freezer to fall back on.
I’m becoming a crazy evangelist about these trays. I was telling the Youngs at work about them as they backed away slowly. Someday they’ll appreciate good ice.