Thursday, March 25, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
How to Eat:
Nettles can be used much like spinach or any other mild tasting green. However the sting of the stinging nettles must be disabled before the nettles are consumed. This can be done through cooking, pureeing, juicing, or blending. The stinger is also deactivated when the nettle leaves are dried or powdered.
How to Harvest:
Nettles are only good to eat when they are young and tender, before they flower. When gathering, unless you are well trained at avoiding the stingers, wear long pants, long sleeves, and rubber gloves. You can use scissors to cut them and carry them home in a paper bag or a basket. Once in the kitchen, use gloves or tongs to handle the leaves. Before you cut any leaves form their stems, be sure that you have properly identified the plant.
YUM. I absolutely loved this soup. It was easy to make, my whole family and even my neighbor tried it and loved it~Thanks Frank!
Homemade Easy Vegetable Broth
Heat oil on low/medium heat in a large pot and sauté onions, shallots, garlic, celery and thyme for 7 minutes. Add salt, water and parsley. Bring to a boil and lower heat and simmer for 1-2 hours. Strain and store in glass jars until ready to use.
Makes 4 quarts (enough to store and use some later for other recipes)