Thursday, 8 April 2021

Nettles

I have recently been reading up on stinging nettles. I picked some for a vegetable soup but wondered what else they could be used for and what they are good for.

Most advocate using fresh nettles but as they aren't young enough for long (top leaves only and before flowering), others suggest freezing or drying them, so I did the latter.

Donning rubber washing up gloves in a lovely shade of pink, I set of to a local patch. Avoiding those close to the track where dogs might have peed on them, I moved further up the ground to fresh newly emerged ones. Now I had my eye in on what to look for, I avoided the new dead nettles (different family, edible but not so tasty).

I picked two bowls worth, came home, rinsed and spun them in my salad spinner:

Their stalks were cut off before laying them into 5 of my dehydrator trays. (Can be done in a cooling oven or on a sunny windowsill). I dried them for 4 hours, the smell was divine for the first hour, not dissimilar to freshly mown grass:
Once dried, I tipped the trays onto my worktop to ease scooping them into my blender. Be warned, they can still sting at this stage as I found out!
Once whizzed up and sieved, this was the final product - about 5 tablespoons:
This precious powder is now stored in an airtight brown jar. There are loads of sites that talk about their benefits so I haven't bothered to link any here.


8 comments:

  1. I think Niamh at Fairyland Cottage did this a few vlogs back and she uses the powder to either make a tea with or to add to smoothies. It seems like a brilliant idea to get such a nutrient dense 'green' powder such as this for free when the green powders you can buy are very expensive. Although now you have explained the process to get this dried nettle powder I guess it explains the cost ... I guess you have to do a lot of picking and drying to get to a commercially viable amount.

    Something I will definintely think about for future use. Gosh, thinking back I could have made so much of this back in Wales we had some huge and very protected nettle patches there.

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    1. I'm thinking of digging up a patch and planting it in a pot otherwise it spreads like wildfire. Yes, I hdo watch her vlogs but didn't get it from there. I also love Cottage Fairy. If you find a patch and cut it back, you can still gather some.

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  2. I meant to add, I love your new header. xx

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    1. Thank you. She just made us laugh when we called her and she turned around.

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  3. This sounds really interesting. I've never tried cooking using nettles before. X

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    1. Me neither but a few in soup gives a nice taste. I will use this powder in smoothies.

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  4. It never even occurred to me to dehydrate nettles. I will from now on

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    1. Dried and flaked could be used in all sorts of way.

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