Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon
Magazine

Tips for Freezing Pesto

Fine Cooking Issue 105
Save to Recipe Box
Print
Add Private Note
Saved Add to List

    Add to List

Print
Add Recipe Note

You can store herb-based pestos like this Classic Basil version in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To refrigerate, transfer the pesto to an airtight container and pour enough oil over it to create a thin layer. This will prevent the pesto from oxidizing and changing color.

To freeze, omit the oil layer and portion the pesto into small plastic freezer bags or ice cube trays so you can defrost only as much as you’ll use at one time. If using ice cube trays, freeze until solid and then transfer the cubes to a plastic freezer bag for storage. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

From Freezer to Table

A sauce this versatile and delicious won’t be sitting in your freezer for long. Here are some easy ideas for how to use it. Defrost the pesto and:

  • toss with hot pasta
  • dress a cold potato or pasta salad
  • stir into vegetable soup
  • use as a topping for grilled meats and fish
  • spread onto sandwiches
  • scoop onto slices of toasted baguette or crackers

Comments

Leave a Comment

Comments

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Delicious Dish

Find the inspiration you crave for your love of cooking

Fine Cooking Magazine

Subscribe today
and save up to 44%

Already a subscriber? Log in.

Videos

View All

Moveable Feast Logo

Season 4 Extras

San Juan, Puerto Rico (513)

Miami chef Michelle Bernstein steps into the host role as Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking travels to Puerto Rico—an episode that was filmed in the summer prior to Hurricane Maria,…

View all Moveable Feast recipes and video extras

Connect

Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks