Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Nettles - FAIL
Recently, a good friend has been telling me about the beauty of cooking with stinging nettles, and generously dropped off a bag of the little zingers.
Ever cautious, I read up on ways to neutralize the sting prior to consumption, and settled on a stinging nettle pesto recipe...only to find I was out of garlic. (Once you grow garlic in your garden, it's tough to spring for store-bought.) So I decided to go for a blanch, then a simple saute. (Though apparently a saute is enough to squelch the sting.)
I blanched, drained, rinsed...and tasted. Instantly I felt a slight sting on my fingertips (disclaimer - could have been my very active imagination). What I'm saying is, I dorked out - and the nettles went to the compost pile.
So far - 0 for 1 in foraging experiments. Next up - fiddleheads?