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Bottled Fiddle Heads

The fiddle head season is in full swing in my neck of the country . We sold 27 lbs . I just bottled 8 smaller mason jars . I done 3 large and 2 small jars last week . I tried 1 of the smaller jars and they were like ya just picked them . They will be same a year from now . Can't beat the jars for preserving stuff . This is the first year I tried some deer and bear in the bottles and it's really deliceous . Stuff will keep in the jars for a looooooooong time . First attempt at the fiddle heads as well . I froze some a couple years ago and that wasn't the plan . The jars are the answer . To cook them fresh ,you have to clean them really good .They have a papery covering on them when they first come up . I take a garbage bag and dump them out on the bag and get the 12 " fan and place it infront of the bag and just pick up a hand full of fiddle heads and drop them infrnt of the fan slowly and the fan blows the paprey stuff away from the heads . Something the same as faning oats . Then you have to wash them good in cold water . I run them through a soaking about 3 or 4 times and they come good and clean . Then into the pot with a little water and a pinch of salt . Cook for 7 to 10 mins . Spread with some butter and sprinkle with vinegar .With the jars . I fill them with the heads and add 1/2 tsp of salt and fill the jar with water leaving 1/2 of head space Add 1 tsp of salt to the bigger jars .I get the water boiling good then time them for 10 mins for the small jars and 15 mins for the larger ones . I use a good sized pot to boil the jars Fill the pot just to the shoulder of the jars . Sound Good ?????? you better believe it !!!!!! . Might try some beet greens in the jars .

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Fiddle Heads

This what the tasty little morsals look like

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Bottled Fiddle Heads

You should have just posted this in the eastern canada section, no one else truly understands or appreciates fiddleheads except maritimers.

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I guess the maritimes is the only place that they grow . There is plenty in N.B. and N. S. . Not sure about the other places . I guess you guys will just have to eat your heart out .. LOL ... We don't have some of the tasty mushrooms that you have in the US . I guess we have to eat our heart out as well .....LOL.....LOL

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Bottled Fiddle Heads

We get plunty here in NY. They are a little past right now. I don't get them every year it is a short window of oppertunity. Have never canned them before? Will have to give that a try sometime.

Is wild leek season right now. Got to get off my butt and dig some up. I pickel them with dill and hot pepper,boy are they good.

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I just got back on line . I was busy gathering up some shad for bait for next trapping season . Must have 20 or so now . might need a few more yet .

One time a buddy of mine gave me some pickled beet greens . They are very tasty as well . Same mixture as for the pickled beets . I like the greens with a little less vinegar .

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We eat the heck out of those fern sprouts here in Michigan too. We normally just steam them with lots of butter and add a little bit of salt and pepper to taste. Very yummy!

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I guess there is more places that the fiddle heads grow than just the Maritimes . ......... GREAT ....... There is lots of people that knows what I'm talking about ..

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thenail wrote:
I just got back on line . I was busy gathering up some shad for bait for next trapping season . Must have 20 or so now . might need a few more yet .

One time a buddy of mine gave me some pickled beet greens . They are very tasty as well . Same mixture as for the pickled beets . I like the greens with a little less vinegar .

Did you try eel as well? I found eel chopped up worked very well on mink and otter and it is easy to get a large amount.

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Chestergolf How ya doin . Lots of bass in you neck of the woods ???? ... EELS !!!! Man ,I wouldn't waste one of those tasty morsals on a mink . I could eat them til they come out my ears . LOL . Eels are out of this world deliceous ,smoked . Too tasty to use for bait . I use almost all blind sets for otter and very few bait sets for mink . A blind set made right works excellent . I don't eat muskrat or squirrel so I'll give them to the mink ....LOL..... LOL . Eels ,,,,, Smoked or shake N bake for chicken or fish and in the oven YUUUUMMMM ,YUUUUMMMM .

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I picked them every year growing up in Vermont. Nothing like pan frying some brook trout, with a batch of fiddle heads, in butter, salt, and pepper...... Yummmmm........

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