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For the packaging: A glass jar (we used a stout artichoke jar but you can use any jar you like) A rubber band A square of recycled fabric or tissue paper that will fit over the lid of your jar A ribbon (we used one that we had from an old box of chocolates) A nice label or a piece of white paper for you to write your name or the recipient's on For the pesto (we like pesto but you can use any sauce or homemade food you like): 2 cups fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano or romano cheese (leave this out if you'd like your pesto to be vegan)

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  1. Jessica Rozar December 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    How long will this pesto last in the jar? It has a lot of fat so I bet it spoils fast!

  2. Yuka Yoneda December 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Jess, you caught me. Those ARE actually pecans in the photo! I decided to use them up rather than buy a whole new plastic thingie of walnuts or pine nuts but yes, let me come clean. They are pecans ! Haha.

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