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"Pesto Day 2006".....SERIOUS "Pesto-age" Can You Guess...? (w/PHOTO)

Funwithfood Sep 25, 2006 01:43 AM

At the end of each summer I make pesto and deliver some to friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers (with a loaf of crusty bread). I was about 3 weeks late this year and my gorgeous Genovese basil was starting to "give up the ghost". The day is over, and I'm relieved (and tired).

Here is the challenge for you...
Can you guess (from the photo below) how many cups of *packed* basil this harvest produced?

Funwithfood's Genovese Basil Harvest 2006:

(The winner will win.....nothing but the satisfaction of being..."The Winner".)

  1. Glencora Sep 25, 2006 01:44 AM


    1. bolivianita Sep 25, 2006 01:55 AM


      1. King of Northern Blvd Sep 25, 2006 02:22 AM


        1. Funwithfood Sep 25, 2006 02:58 AM

          The disparity is so funny to me--hard not to laugh and/or tip my hat.

          I am *definitely* aware of those who have actually made pesto, and those who have not...that's ALL I'm going to say!

          (Stay true to your "gut"...fellow "pesto-ites")

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          1. re: Funwithfood
            Glencora Sep 25, 2006 03:07 AM

            Hey! I'm the one who said 50 and I've been growing my own basil and making pesto for 15 years! Maybe it depends how packed it is. It seems that I always have more basil than I think I do. 30, my first guess, just seemed too small. But maybe I'm crazy...

            1. re: Glencora
              Funwithfood Sep 25, 2006 03:09 AM

              To quote an old song..."My lips are sealed..."

          2. q
            QcBoy Sep 25, 2006 03:57 AM


            1. r
              rainey Sep 25, 2006 04:00 AM

              1 1/2 cups. We're talking the cut bunches in the glasses on the garden bench, right?

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              1. re: rainey
                rainey Sep 25, 2006 02:32 PM

                I think I "pack" differently than everybody else! Or else you guys are using some of the stems too.

                1. re: rainey
                  Funwithfood Sep 25, 2006 02:33 PM

                  Yes rainey, the basil in the vases on the bench.

                  1. re: rainey
                    rainey Sep 25, 2006 06:11 PM

                    OK. After viewing the second photo and, again, thinking "packed" I'll go to 3 cups.

                  2. toodie jane Sep 25, 2006 01:58 PM

                    OK I'll play....6. PACKED.

                    1. LindaWhit Sep 25, 2006 02:24 PM

                      About 10 cups.

                      1. MMRuth Sep 25, 2006 02:25 PM


                        1. Funwithfood Sep 25, 2006 02:38 PM

                          Here's another angle...

                          I'll "announce" the winner Tuesday morning...

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                          1. re: Funwithfood
                            mcel215 Sep 25, 2006 03:03 PM


                          2. v
                            vanillagrrl Sep 25, 2006 03:06 PM

                            I'll guess 10.

                            1. Dogstar Sep 25, 2006 03:08 PM

                              I would go with 6 - really packed...

                              1. g
                                grapevine Sep 25, 2006 03:14 PM

                                I am going with 6 also.

                                1. o
                                  olivialy Sep 25, 2006 04:07 PM

                                  i'd have to guess about 4

                                  1. m
                                    Mila Sep 25, 2006 04:52 PM

                                    My guess is 5.

                                    1. Funwithfood Sep 25, 2006 05:51 PM

                                      Hint: It took me over 2 hours to pull the leaves from all of the stems...

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                                      1. re: Funwithfood
                                        beetlebug Sep 25, 2006 06:45 PM

                                        Ugh. THat is my least favorite part and probably this week's project.

                                        Funny, I measure by how many sandwich size zip lock baggies I can fill up. No idea on cups. But:

                                        33 is my guess.

                                      2. Glencora Sep 25, 2006 05:52 PM

                                        No hints!

                                        1. r
                                          redwood2bay Sep 25, 2006 06:03 PM

                                          My guess... 25 cups.

                                          1. rumgum Sep 25, 2006 06:22 PM


                                            1. mrsmegawatt Sep 25, 2006 08:50 PM

                                              I would guess between 5 and 6 cups. Do you quit growing at the end of summer? This is our first year growing. We planted in a square foot garden. What did you use to keep the bugs off? We had those green worms that would feast daily leaving holes in the leaves. We're going to try to grow throughout the winter. We live in a warm area and my husband is going to cover the garden to make a sort of green house. Any thoughts on that?

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                                              1. re: mrsmegawatt
                                                Funwithfood Sep 25, 2006 10:15 PM

                                                It is an annual, and starts to flower and die at the end of August (we live in SoCal).

                                                I had *lots* of grasshoppers this year. (See my tomato posts on the Not About Food Board for how I "handled" them :) For worms, you need to "follow the poop" (sorry), then 'eliminate' them.

                                              2. vicki_vale Sep 26, 2006 02:43 AM

                                                WOW! You've got a green thumb. Those are serious bouquets of basil. If you don't use the stems... I will guess 8 cups.

                                                Can I ask how you divide up your booty...little glass jam jars, or maybe recycled clear plastic tubs?

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                                                1. re: vicki_vale
                                                  Funwithfood Sep 26, 2006 03:24 AM

                                                  I froze some in stackable plastic deli containers (8 oz.), and some in small ramekins. As you can guess, my neighbors love pesto day!

                                                2. v
                                                  valerie Sep 26, 2006 02:56 AM


                                                  1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Sep 26, 2006 03:42 AM


                                                    1. q
                                                      QcBoy Sep 26, 2006 03:52 AM

                                                      One, Two

                                                      Skip a few

                                                      99, 100

                                                      1. Funwithfood Sep 26, 2006 03:12 PM

                                                        ...and the winner IS....

                                                        ...the first guess...



                                                        Congratualtions, no one else even came close.

                                                        This harvest produced 45 (very) packed cups of basil.

                                                        1. Glencora Sep 26, 2006 03:28 PM

                                                          Yay! I will enjoy my imaginary prize. I have to say I doubted myself. Congrats on growing so much lovely basil. I can believe that harvesting it took two hours! Now you've got me craving pesto. I have two smallish plants left so maybe I'll make some tonight.

                                                          1. mrsmegawatt Sep 26, 2006 03:34 PM

                                                            So what do you do with all that basil? I went back and reread...I thought you were asking how many cups of pesto. anyway..how do you preserve it? I blended some in a food processor with a light smattering of evoo and then froze them in an ice cube tray.

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                                                            1. re: mrsmegawatt
                                                              toodie jane Sep 26, 2006 05:14 PM

                                                              the thought of buying all those pine nuts boggles my pocketbook! and the cheese....I hope your giftees appreciate what you do and reciprocate in some way!

                                                              Great contest--since I don't pack my basil leaves, heck I don't even measure, just taste--I was waaaaay off. Good going Glencora! (how is Planty Pal these days?:) )

                                                              --A Trollope fan

                                                              1. re: toodie jane
                                                                searee Sep 26, 2006 05:43 PM

                                                                I do the same thing with my overactive basil plants. Last year, three plants produced 2 summer cuttings like that, plus the final finish cutting. I measured by the double-sinkful of cleaned leaves -- four total over three cuttings, which made something like 3 quarts of pesto base to freeze, and 5 quarts of pesto made in early December. This year was an off year, with only one double-sinkful so far, and maybe another in October before the first freeze.

                                                                There's really nothing like homemade pesto in December, which makes the cheese and nuts worth it. I've started using toasted pecans instead of pine nuts lately, which cuts down on the expense some, and adds a different but equally good flavor to the pesto.

                                                                1. re: toodie jane
                                                                  Glencora Sep 26, 2006 08:44 PM

                                                                  You got it! Wow.

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