Make Frozen Pesto Cubes

Take the last of your summer basil well into the winter months with frozen pesto cubes.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Bountiful Basil Harvest

Turn your basil harvest into a delicious pesto you can use throughout the year, by freezing.

Place Freshly Made Pesto in the Ice Cube Tray

You will need a completed recipe of your favorite pesto, an ice cube tray, a cookie scoop (optional), plastic wrap, freezer storage bag, and a drinking straw. Make your favorite pesto recipe and use it to fill an ice cube tray. Tip: use a medium cookie scoop for consistent serving sizes.

Seal Pesto Before Freezing

Press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pesto to prevent oxidation. You'll need a piece about twice the length of the tray. Wrap the entire tray with another piece of plastic wrap. Place the ice tray in the freezer and freeze completely.

Place Pesto Cubes in a Storage Bag

Remove the pesto cubes from the tray and place them in a single layer in a freezer storage bag.

Removing Air Before Freezing

Place a straw inside the bag all the way to one side with one end out of the bag. Seal the bag as close to the straw as possible. Use the straw to remove as much air from the bag as possible. Pull the straw out and seal up the last small bit. Removing the air will help prevent oxidation so your pesto stays fresh. Return the bag to the freezer and remove cubes as needed for 3-4 months. Use the straw to remove the air from the bag each time after you open it.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Enjoy frozen pesto for months to come when you have a supply on hand in the freezer.