While I am aware that the average person won’t have stringing nettle frozen in the freezer or jars filled with it dried and crumbed for use all winter long or a place for it growing in their garden, I personally do, and if you have read the recipes on the site, its used all the time, all year long.. Just love the stuff.. Remember that cooking takes out the sting
For fresh eating and or harvesting, young and tender is best, but if you keep cutting the tips off, you can keep the plant giving you fresh tops for months, even if you don’t want to grow them to eat, at least use them in your garden, Nettles make a great general plant food, they have lots of nitrogen and also contain magnesium, iron and sulphur.
To make your liquid plant food, gather up some nettles and into water-tight containers, pack the container tightly, then cover with water until they are covered and leave to ferment for about 2 weeks or so, wait till the frothing died down, strain (putting the solids in the compost pile) and keep the liquid, mix it 1 part stinging nettle to 10 parts water for use on the garden plants, typically every two weeks.
I did a review of nettles on this site already, and about the little green nettle book called 101 uses for stinging nettles.
Breakfast-DH-Waffles, Mixed Fruit Compot FG-Red River porridge with a touch of sheep milk.
Lunch DH-Herb Bread Sandwhich with turkey, mayo, cake peice, and the rest of the grape compot. FG- 2 small bun turkey sandwhichs, with a large cabbage side salad.
Dinner-Homemade flat bread taco’s with homemade salsa, sheep yogurt and a bit of fresh sprouts for green with seasoned ground lamb and onion. Will use the other pd of seasoned lamb and onion to make a pizza for later use.
Drinks-Water, Tea and hot chocolate
Snacks: Herb Bread, Watermelon Cake, 2 Buns, Dill Crackers
Extra-Have strawberries thawing in the fridge that need to be used, have 2 pds of ground lamb that needs to be made into something.
- Made 2 quarts of Strawberry/Pinapple Fruit compot
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocoalate Cranberry Loaf
- Baking Powder Bisquits
- Bread Batch, a loaf of bread, a dozen sandwhich buns and one large Pizza dough.
- Baked off a Pot Roast, a Chicken and a Leg of lamb
We are under a really bad storm warning and typically in spring when we are to get high winds, heavy wet snow and then freezing rain, we can expect power going, so topping up extra water for the livestock, touching up any laundry that needs to be done, giving the hounds a extra run, hauling extra hay and bedding to the barn, in case I need to shut them up raither then coming out to eat at the hay feeder. Now we wait to see if the weather man is right? or if I am doing the extra work for not.
So do any of your grow or use Stinging nettle? If so, what do you use it for? What is your favorite recipe? Do you use it in the kitchen? the garden? for your livestock? in your herbal medical chest? If you don’t use stinging nettle, what is your “Go To” green herb that you grow an use all the time?