Mariquita had basil "shares" for $1 a bunch - I took the bait and bought 20 bunches of basil.
James came over and we spent all evening pulling the leaves to make pesto. 20 bunches = 1.5 lbs of leaves = 3.25 lbs of pesto. We split the goods and froze up our pesto in muffin tins as well as ice cube trays this time. We also managed to eat 1/2 # of pimientos de padron and lots of tasty fresh tomato bruschetta instead of an actual meal - but it all worked out.
Looking in the freeezer, I have little space but need more pesto to get me through the winter. I still have 20 cups of frozen chopped apricot that wants to be chutney, and a 1.6 gallon tub of fresh figs from James' friend's home in Rio Vista. I am going to be busy this week!
YIELD: 20 bunches basil = 1.5# leaves = 3.25# pesto
Half of 3.25 lb of basil-pine nut-garlic-olive oil pesto:
12 - 1/2 c muffin tin size frozen portions
24 ice cube tray size portions