Saturday, May 7, 2011

Nettles, a Guide

I wanted to put up a post, but I'm a little pressed for time... time to post a video! Because I have been scarfing on stinging nettles for the past week (tomorrow, I am planning on harvesting a buttload (known to users of the metric system as a fuckton) of nettles tomorrow, cooking them, and freezing a portion for later use. I made creamed nettles last time (hat tip to Pupienus Maximus, who should have his "Cooking for Numbnuts" blog, but he's lazy), but I am envisioning nettle "spanakopita" and fettucini with nettles (or nettle fettucini... nettucini?). Here's a video on harvesting wild nettles:

Stingy has never tasted so good!


Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

I watched nearly that whole video, believe it or not, cuz I was genuinely curious. Geez, looks like an awful lot of effort goes into eating a weed. And frankly the stinging part makes me afeart.

BTW, I bought some fiddleheads once, speaking of exotic yet humble green things. I can't remember if I ate them or not. I want to try them again if I ever see them in the store.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

If you wear gloves, you can get them easily- I use scissors to lop off the top 3 or 4 inches, throw them in a bag, and use chopsticks to handle them in the kitchen. I set up a big bot of boiling water on the stove, and blanch the suckers- it's not too hard, the plants are delicious (they taste very "green") and, best of all, they are free!

Smut Clyde said...

Until I hear other people's experiences of cooking with the New Zealand Death Nettle, I shall confine myself to toadstools.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Didn't New Zealand Death Nettle open for Amon Amarth?