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simple question: DOES PESTO FREEZE WELL?

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teeavee Sat 11-Jun-05 12:05:51

Hi,
got a glut of basil - if I freeze pesto, will it come out the other side?
rapid responses appreciated! TIA

SaintGeorge Sat 11-Jun-05 12:08:42

Never done it but apparently it's not a problem.

If you google 'pesto recipe' all the sites that pop up suggest freezing.

jabberwocky Sat 11-Jun-05 12:10:20

Found this for you:

Both pistou and pesto freeze well. I recommend freezing in tablespoon quantities, allowing to come to room temperature before using. If you are freezing larger quantities, such as small tubs, then omit the cheese and add this once it is thawed and room temperature. Covered with a little olive oil, it also keeps well in the refrigerator for several days to a week. After this time, it may become bitter and loose its bright green colour

teeavee Sat 11-Jun-05 12:19:10

brilliant, thanks v. much!!!

teeavee Sat 11-Jun-05 12:19:32

what's the difference between pistou and pesto then?

franch Sat 11-Jun-05 12:20:04

Pesto apparently keeps in the fridge for up to a month if you cover it with a layer of oil

snafu Sat 11-Jun-05 12:20:18

I thought pistou was soup?

Twiglett Sat 11-Jun-05 12:21:07

you can actually freeze fresh basil if it helps

teeavee Sat 11-Jun-05 12:29:26

soupe au pistou is a provencal speciality - basically soup with haricot beans, pasta bts, bacon, and pistou - which I hought was just the provencal name for pesto...? soupe au pistou is YUM

snafu Sat 11-Jun-05 12:30:43

Aaaaah, right, thanks teeavee!

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