(I apologize for the iPhone pictures- it’s just what’s close at hand when I’m covered in garden dirt!)
I peeled all the leaves off and dumped them into a sink of cool water and swished them around a bit to knock the dirt off, and let them sit a few minutes so it all could settle to the bottom of the sink. I had to do it in 3 batches, but everything was spun through the salad spinner to get dry, and then made into pesto and frozen. (And YES: my next batch of laundry smelled amazing. Thanks.)
“I can force about a cubic foot of loosely packed basil leaves (removed from the plant) into a cup and a half of oil.”
Nice. THAT’S what I want to hear at the end of the growing season!
I portioned it all into quart-sized ziploc baggies and froze them flat- I ended up with 8 cups of pesto. Not too shabby!