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So Much Basil....Time for Pesto

November 17, 2022

A few years ago I planted a Thai basil plant in my front yard, or maybe it was in a pot. The origin was 1 plant, but now every year it grows on it's own. Multiple Thai basil plants grow to small bushes.

We've been having this summer like fall so it's grown even bigger this year. This weekend was the last of the warm weather (it's November) so I went and snipped all the basil to make pesto.

So.

Much.

Basil.

So Much Basil....Time for Pesto


I made pesto for about 3 hours. Pesto is pretty simple to make...basil, nuts (pine, walnut, pecan), olive oil, parmesan. The time consuming part is taking all the leaves off the basil stems. Once you have a pile of basil put it into the food processor. I wait until I have about 3-4 cups worth. Turn the processor on and then through the little tunnel add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Then add in your nuts and cheese. Scrape down the sides and add more oil if needed.

I freeze the pesto in my canning jars.

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Canning tomato sauce

August 07, 2021

It's August and that means it's tomato season. There is a place by us that sells boxes of not perfect ones for $15 a box. Spent most of today skinning, coring, and processing roughly 65 pounds of tomatoes into marinara sauce. Ended up with 36 pint and 7 quart jars. If we are going to make it to next spring I'm going to have to pick up a few more, but I'm almost out of jars. Have a lot of canned stuff right night in jars, maybe need to binge on jam. 



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Summer jam

July 11, 2021

Went to Baugher's orchard yesterday with the grandkids. Was expecting peaches, but ended up picking nectarines and plums. Still got some peaches from their market. Spent last night and this morning making jams and other things. 

Nectarine lime, peach bourbon, spiced plum, nutmeg peach butter, plums in honey syrup, nectarine butter, and a couple more I'm forgetting. Have a few plums left that are super ripe and so amazing and some peaches I'm going to turn into a pie later this week. 

Finishing up the last two and then I need to do some weeding in the garden. Hopefully also have some time to go play with clay. 

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