Ask Cynthia a Question – September 20, 2012

Cindy 2003 Photo smallIsabella’s question: Do you have a recipe for pesto that is good and easy? Also, how long does it keep in the fridge?

My answer: I absolutely love pesto! I’ve ordered it in restaurants and purchased it at specialty and farmer’s markets but, honestly, I’ve never made it from scratch at home. It’s my understanding that it’s simple to make, and like most homemade dishes, the flavor will pop when compared to the commercial or even farmer’s market, made products.

Simply Recipes, Allrecipes and Food Network by Ina Garten are a few sites that offer scrumptious looking recipes for homemade pesto along with plenty of hints and tips. Pesto can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about a week, or in the freezer for about six months. Ina Garten’s recipe suggests putting a thin layer of olive oil over the pesto before freezing it. Let me know how your homemade pesto turns out. Thank you, Isabella, for your question and your interest in Ask Cynthia a Question.


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