Making sweet basil pesto

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Want to make fresh Pesto? Want to make it with Basil or Arugula? It's really easy and your dishes will POP with flavor. Follow my simple steps. Stop by the farm and pick it fresh or grow your own in your backyard with our automatic Hydroponic Vertical Gardens. Hydro Harvest Farms in Ruskin FL has been growing this way for almost 8 years. You can too! We promise.

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Making sweet basil pesto

  1. 1. Sweet Basil Pesto Hydro Harvest Farms 1101 Shell Point Rd E Ruskin FL 33570 www.hydroharvestfarms.com Sweet Basil Grown in Our Systems at the Farm
  2. 2. Hydro Harvest Farms U-Pick and Hydroponic Sales Hydro Harvest Farms is a Hydroponic Farm that grows all seasonal fruits and veggies using only Hydroponic methods. Also, we grow non GMO food and we use IPM and Organic controls for everything. We are a u-pick farm and we also sell systems for your backyard garden and schools and other institutions too. Everything is automatic! We have a great weekly newsletter that lists free events and classes, recipes, hydroponic info and lots more. We have been here since 2006 growing great food for great families! Thanks For Picking US! John and Terrie
  3. 3. Recipe Farm Fresh Pesto www.HydroHarvestFarms.com Fresh Pesto adds a fresh flavor to Pasta, Potatoes, Bread Spreads, Fish, Chicken and much more. It’s easy to make, lasts for weeks in the fridge and will kick up that drab recipe to a spectacular dish. Also, it’s easy to substitute ingredients and still have a wonderful Pesto taste. Ingredients •2 cups fresh basil leaves or arugula works great too. •1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese •1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil •1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts or pecans •1-2 medium sized garlic cloves •Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste •Special equipment needed: A food processor or bullet (blender) or blender. Preparation 1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using pecans or walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more. 2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Yield: Makes a little more than 1/2 cup.
  4. 4. Assemble all of your ingredients, Basil (or Arugula), Olive Oil, Pecans (or Pine Nuts or Walnuts), Garlic, Parmesan (or Romano) Cheese, Salt and Pepper
  5. 5. Wash the basil and pat dry. Since I picked the basil fresh I had to remove the leaves from the stem.
  6. 6. When All of the stems are removed you should have about 2 cups of leaves.
  7. 7. I had a very large bulb of garlic, so I just used one. If you have smaller cloves, use 2 or 3.
  8. 8. Peel the skin from the garlic clove.
  9. 9. If you are using walnuts or pecans process the nuts first to a fine consistency.
  10. 10. Add the basil to the pecans. If you are using Pine Nuts then add the Basil and Pine Nuts together and pulse until blended well.
  11. 11. Drizzle the Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the basil and nuts and pulse or blend well.
  12. 12. Add your grated cheese and pulse or blend well.
  13. 13. Check the consistency of your pesto and scrape the sides of the processor, pulse again. Add a pinch of salt and a little pepper and pulse again.
  14. 14. Place Pesto in a container and store in refrigerator . Then when you are cooking that delicious pasta and garlic shrimp, add the pesto to the linguini and WOW! That’s what I will do tonight.
  15. 15. Enjoy this great recipe on Pasta, Potatoes, Cheese Bread, Pizza or whatever your heart desires! If you would like to learn how to grow your own great food, the easy way, then join thousands of others who have a Hydro Harvest Farm in their back yard. Check out our website . Or visit us at the farm!

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