Making : With stinging nettle + some sort of tutorial

I wrote about when we went to pick the stinging nettle a couple of weeks ago, but now I have the pictures of what we made with all of it.

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1- I blanched the nettle and just chopped it in small pieces and froze it in ice cube trays.  After they were frozen, 12 hours or so, I placed them in a bag.  I like to use these in soups, or stews, sauces and meatloaves, or any other way I can add a little boost to our meals.

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2- After blanching it, I also made pesto.  I made pesto last year and we finished it all.  Now we have some more!

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I followed Langdon Cook’s recipe from Fat of the Land.DSC_0211-smallAnd yes, as he says in his post, I ended up using a food processor.  We have a small one, so I had to do it in half batches, but it ended up great and smooth.  And well, I had no choice, since I burned the motor of my blender half way my first batch!

3- And third. The last of my attempts to keep the nettle is by drying it.

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We had lots to be dried and it was hard.  The day we picked the nettle was pouring raining, and so were the days following.  So I was a little concerned as to where to out them to dry.  But we made do.  And they took about a week to dry.  But it worked.

I picked the leaves by hand (they still sting a little, mostly the stems, but not too bad, I don’t think) and placed them whole in glass jars with lids to keep fresh.

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I also picked the leaves and chopped them up and my food processor, that way they use up less space in the jar. Not sure I find a difference when I make tea, but if they are small like this, I can also it in sauces and other foods, when I run out of the frozen cubes.  But it is mostly about saving space.

4- This one os for the future.  After blanching the nettle, it leaves this beautiful dark color water.

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It has to be good for something, right? Oh… I was sad to send it down the drain, but with all the nettle around, and just rain in sight, I just couldn’t take the time to figure out what to do.  I want to read more about it, and see if there’s something I can use this beautiful, dark, rich left over water.  Do you have suggestions?

Aaaahhhh… I feel so good of our bigger stash of stinging nettle this year.  I’m excited and glad we’ll have for more of our winter.

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