ITT: Foraging

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  1. SAISON FUCK

    SAISON FUCK

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    Let's go out to the yard and/or woods and pick some random shit to eat!

    5 gallon bucket full of stinging nettle. We have so much nettle on our property. We will end up mowing a lot of it down, but there has been pesto, tea, and we will be drying some of this for later use.
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    Violet and forsythia jelly
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    American redbud is related to a pea variety, and they kinda taste like pea flowers. We sprinkled some on a salad this afternoon and it was satisfying
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    What do you like to forage for?
     
  2. mattafett

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    Are you of Romanian decent? They have several dishes made from nettles.
     
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  3. The Coming of Gose

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  4. MordorMongo

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  5. ncaudle

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    I forage flowers, berries, bark, etc for wild yeast
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  6. SAISON FUCK

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    Not of Romanian decent. My only previous nettle experience was with stinging nettle pasta at one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Once we moved to our new home in Michigan and saw the outrageous amounts of stinging nettle, we knew we had to do something with them. Also, picking the nettle while small makes picking raspberries later a much more pleasant experience.
     
  7. Matterhorn

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    First time morel hunting yesterday. Spent three hours in the car, four hours walking around, and $20 in gas and tolls but it was all worth it when I stumbled about this. Only one I found but I felt like a kid again for a few minutes.


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  8. Pneill316

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    I never knew the stinging nettle had any real value. Would always imagine taking a flame thrower to fields of it as it would light my ass up when wearing shorts.

    I usually forage some berries when in season, raspberries, blackberries and wineberries are most common for me. My job has me in some remote location everyday that lead to some good pikin.
     
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  9. Pneill316

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    I’ve always wondered about doing something like this, though I imagined a cool ship in the middle of a meadow of the flowers (obviously a lot harder to do logistically). There was always one that drove me wild during spring, the Russian Olive tree. The smell on a dewy morning was straight Brett to the nose, always wondered what kind of wild yeast was floating around there?
     
  10. Compton25

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    Spent the morning foraging blackberries and stumbled across a new patch of wild onions. Left the smaller ones, but went ahead a pulled a larger one to add to tonight's meal. Finished up a few batches of freezer jam.

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  11. ncaudle

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    my few attempts at pure coolship type inoculations over the years were unsuccessful, at least at the home brew level, but that may have also been more a result of poor vessel geometry as I wasn't using anything wide and shallow for optimal rates...

    I've tended to have fairly decent success with this method so far and it's made some fantastic beer.

    I'm sure I'll re-visit coolships this next season with more appropriate designs
     
  12. SAISON FUCK

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    Some weekend foraging
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    My wife found the dryad's saddle mushrooms in the woods by her parent's house yesterday. They smell of cucumber, which is interesting. No morels located, but some wild onion, ramps, bracken fern, and redbuds.

    Not pictured, but my wife made some cherry blossom jelly that is rad. It tastes of pollen and flowers.
     
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  13. SAISON FUCK

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    In case you are wondering how we use some of our foraged goods:
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    I can't claim any cooking skills, but the bracken fern were sauteed in some cultured butter that my wife made and then sprinkled with parmesan.

    The main event was the mushrooms and green garbanzos over farro that was boiled in a wild onion broth. Then sprinkled with some parmesan and redbuds. Pretty magnificent if you ask me.
     
  14. MordorMongo

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    Looks great and I seriously admire that that is enough for a meal for you. I’m a fucking glutton.
     
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  15. SAISON FUCK

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    We went to a mother's day brunch this morning and it was full of prime rib, beer battered cod, all the potatoes and way too much dessert. Normally this wouldn't be enough.
     
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  16. MordorMongo

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    Thank you for lessening, slightly, my guilt.
     
  17. stakem

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    Love this thread and wish I had more to contribute.

    I take my kids out to pick wild blackberries, raspberries, wineberries, blueberries and huckleberries. Last year I found a cherry tree, numerous chestnut and walnut trees and a patch of ground cherries in a most unusual spot. Planning on visiting all the usual spots this year around the 4th of July as thats usually when the berries are ready.

    PA weather is screwy. If you arnt on top of the blackberries and checking them daily they seemingly go from unripe to exploded/moldy/rotting away in as little as one rainy day.

    For the past 4 years now I have said each spring that I want to get out looking for ramps and morels but life gets crazy with coaching softball and baseball and before I know it spring is over and ive spent less than 10 total hours walking the woods.
     
  18. stakem

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    Not trying to steal info from ya but based on posts I believe you made in the past, you reside around philly dont ya?

    “three hours in the car” assuming 1.5 hours each way puts you within my area if you traveled to the north west...
     
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  19. Matterhorn

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    Correct on locale but you need to consider the Philly traffic tax so I only made it as far as northern Bucks County in that time. If you're further north or northwest from there, you may actually have better luck. From my research, morels highly prefer limestone rich soils which are more prevalent in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties than Bucks.

    There were plenty of good trees (poplars) where I was so I was assuming the soils were to blame for my meager harvest. Or maybe I was too early or too late in the season. Or maybe I just haven't a clue what the fuck I'm doing.
     
  20. Pneill316

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    Not a big mushroom guy, but I’m always wondering the woods around PA at work, I’ll have to keep a look out.
     
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