So the first couple of years that we tried to grow basil, it did not work out very well for us. Our basil plants were a pathetic little stem with some yellowing leaves on them that finally just died. The last couple of years our basil plants have literally turned into bushes to our great surprise. We started planting them in the same bed as my tomato plants and learned that you had to snip off the little flowers to encourage more growth. I am happy to report that it works. What to do with all that basil!? We decided to make pesto. every year we tweak the recipe a little more and our pesto is absolutely delicious. Pesto is really an easy recipe to make.
Basil, parmesan cheese and fresh garlic make for amazing pesto which is great all by itself, in sauce, as a dip or on sandwiches. Last year we added Hungarian wax peppers to the recipe and it is absolutely delicious.
We store the pesto in small Ball canning jars, label them with the date and store them in the freezer to use all year long. Pesto can be kept the freezer for up to one year. The small jars of pesto make a great gift too.