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#1 May 2, 2009
I'm a real lover of Fiddlehead frons but have always bought them at the store. This year someone gave me several pounds of them but I don't know how to EASILY clean off all the furry stuff. Is there anyone out there who has a quicker way of removing the fur instead of rubbing it off each and everyone? That takes forever.Last year they were very costly in the store -$5.00 a pound andnow I can see why - the are defuzzed!
#2 May 2, 2009
Step 1 Open a large paper bag and set it beside your cleaning area.
Step 2 Grasp the stems of several dry fiddleheads. Hold the fiddleheads over the bag by the stem so that the heads are in the bag. With a twist of the wrist, sharply snap the fiddlehead against the inside of the bag. This will remove the brown papery covering on the fiddleheads. Remove any excess flecks of brown by hand and place cleaned fiddleheads in a large bowl. If ends have turned brown, simply snap off a small portion of the stem and discard it.
Step 3 Pour fiddleheads into a large bowl of cold water and mix with your fingers to remove and remaining debris. The water should completely cover the fiddleheads with an additional inch of water beyond the fiddleheads. Scoop any floating debris off the top of the water and discard. Drain and repeat, if necessary.
Step 4 Pour fiddleheads into a colander and run under cold water for a final rinse.
#3 May 2, 2009
Oh THANK YOU SO MUCH for the info and the care with which you wrote it. I appreciate it! They are going to be yummy now!! Sincere thanks again.
#4 May 3, 2009
#5 May 4, 2009
Oh boy, oh boy were they ever good!! Can't write anymore now - have to go out and pick somemore for the freezer. Thanks and for helping me know how to clean them.
#6 May 4, 2009
what is a fiddlehead?
#7 May 5, 2009
Fiddleheads are actually young fern fronds that have not yet opened up. They must be picked during a two-week window before the fern unfurls. They are considered a delicacy in the northeast, especially in Maine but they grow prolificly in northern NY as well. I just needed some help with how the clean them. Just Google them and you'll find a new treat!
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