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How To Use Fiddlehead Ferns

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How to Use Fiddlehead Ferns


You can use fiddlehead ferns as part of your diet. You may use fiddlehead ferns for preparing dishes or in salads. But while using fiddlehead ferns, take care to avoid certain types like bracken fern. The bracken fern contain carcinogenic substances. If you wish to use fiddlehead ferns from bracken, then neutralize the carcinogenic effect by roasting the plants. Some of the ferns that you can use include cinnamon fern, buckhorn fern and ostrich fern.  But in general, people using fiddlehead ferns will opt for the ones from ostrich fern.


 


While you pick up the fiddlehead ferns, take care to choose ones that are brightly colored and firm. You cannot use fiddlehead ferns that are wilting or lack yellow color. These ferns are springtime favorites of the wild food foragers. It is always advisable to use these ferns after cooking them properly.


 


You can make use of the head as well as a small portion of the stem of the ferns to eating. The ferns should always be cooked before they mature or uncoil as matured and uncoiled ferns lack edible properties.


 


You can use fiddlehead ferns in the boiled form or sautéed form. Read on to know you can boil and sauté these fiddlehead ferns


 


Boiled Fiddleheads


 


What Do You Need?


 


1. One Stockpot


2. Salt to taste


3. Freshly ground pepper powder to taste


 


How To Boil Fiddlehead Ferns?


 


1. Rinse thoroughly the fiddlehead ferns and now clean carefully to get rid of any damaged leaves, brown leaves or any other debris present.


2. Fill the stockpot completely with water.


3. Immerse the cleaned ferns into water. It is preferable to keep the water level sufficient enough to cover the immersed ferns.


4. Allow the water to boil well.


5. Simmer and keep it till the fiddlehead ferns turn tender, soft and well cooked.


6. Drain the water, if you wish to.


7. Add freshly ground black/white pepper powder and salt to taste.


8. You can now use boiled fiddlehead ferns as a side dish to a meat recipe.


 


Sautéed Fiddleheads 


 


What Do You Need?


 


1. One Heavy skillet


2. Butter – 3 to 4 tbsp per 1 lb fern


3. Sufficient quantity of fiddlehead ferns


4. Salt


5. Freshly ground white pepper powder


 


How To Sauté Fiddlehead Ferns?


 


1. Rinse thoroughly the fiddlehead ferns and now clean carefully to get rid of any damaged leaves, brown leaves or any other debris present.


2. Keep the heavy skillet on medium flame.


3. Determine the quantity of fern to be sautéed.


4. Now add sufficient quantity of butter to the skillet.


5. Now add the fiddlehead ferns and toss them in the melted butter, allowing it to cook.


6. Keep stirring continuously till the sautéed fiddlehead ferns turn tender, soft and properly cooked.


7. Serve hot as such or with a chicken dish of your choice. It is better to avoid delaying as the fiddlehead ferns may turn harder.


 


Thus, you can use fiddlehead ferns in the boiled or sautéed form and use it as a side dish or directly.


 


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