|Judy and Michele making Pesto, August 2010|
|Ingredients: EVOO, Pecans, Garlic, Basil|
This year was our best crop ever. Judy arrived at noon and we weren't finished until 6:30. After freezing it all and packaging it up the next day, we ended up with 16.5 lbs of pesto, at a cost of $84.24 for all the olive oil, pecans and garlic. That's $5.10/lb. No idea what the basil plants cost us to raise. If you factor in that and electricity, gas for shopping, etc., I'd round it up to, say, $6/lb.
|Washing and spinning the leaves. Very important to spin|
excess water out of the leaves.
You can buy a 4 oz tub of pesto from Whole Foods for about $6, so the people making their money selling pesto are qudruppling their initial investment. Not bad, but it's a whole lot of work. And their pesto doesn't taste nearly as good as ours.
|We filled 15 ice trays, and 17 snack bags. |
The frozen cubes are easy to use all year round.
We filled 15 ice trays, plus 17 ziplock snack bags weighed out at 1/4 lb each.
My friend, Rita, president of the local Herb Society, sometimes takes the flower stalks and makes something medicinal out of them. I save the stems for John, who uses them for flavoring when he barbeques. Nothing much goes to waste.
|Stripped stems and flower stalks get dried |
and used as seasoning on a charcoal fire.
Notice Fooh Fooh and Willow under the table.
But before that, needing a rest from kitchen work, Judy wanted to see the dogs do some agility tricks. She settled into a shady spot outside and despite the heat, Maxie, Lucky and I did our thing. Judy laughed, clapped and cheered and praised us all, which was most satisfying. Reminded me that while trainers get so frustrated that their agility dogs make mistakes on the field, most people's dogs don't do anything much but sleep, eat, run, bark, dig, chew, lick, and jump up and down. Oh, and of course, look into our eyes with their devoted stares and yearn to be in our company, which earns them buckets of love even if they can't do 12 weave poles!