I think my father-in-law felt a little badly for T yesterday when T informed him we wouldn’t be doing our annual fiddlehead picking. As much as we love the rewards of our hard work, we just don’t have the time. So, my father-in-law took it upon himself yesterday to pick a 6 gallon pail of the tasty green delicacy for us. T then helped him clean them.
Now I have the fun job of par-boiling and freezing them.
It’s an easy process, really. It just takes a little time.
First, I boil them for a minute or 2. Then I drain them, stick them in an ice bath and then drain them again.
Then I lay them out on a towel to dry for a few hours before I pack them into freezer bags - in meal sized portions.
My counter is currently full of them.
These are about ready to hit the freezer so I get to go start round 2. I’m hoping to get our cooler half empty before I need to make dinner. (They’re in cold water in the cooler until I process them all. Ideally, you want them refrigerated, but we just don’t have the space. We’ll rinse any left in the cooler tonight and put fresh water until I can deal with the rest tomorrow.)