Kitchen Medicine: Nutrient Rich Nettle Infused Vinegar

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Wondering how to use stinging nettles without suffering a sting? In today’s kitchen medicine making venture we embrace dried nettles - sting deactivated - infusing them into vinegar. The result: a vitamin and mineral packed ingredient for your herbal pantry. 🍾

Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)

Recipe for nettle-infused vinegar

Ingredients:

* 1/2 cup dried nettle leaf, powdered if possible

* 1 cup apple cider vinegar or 1 cup Balsamic vinegar (organic preferred)

* 12 ounce jar with plastic lid or metal lid with double piece of wax paper

Directions:

  1. Powder dried nettle leaf in a spice or coffee grinder, pulse for a few seconds. (If no spice grinder is available, crumble leaves as much as you can)
  2. Add nettles to a clean glass jar, pour in vinegar.
  3. Secure lid and label with ingredients and dates that you made it and date it will be ready to strain.
  4. Store in cool place out of direct sunlight.
  5. Infuse for four weeks, shaking every few days.
  6. Stain with small hand strainer lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much vinegar as possible. Make a tea or compost used nettles.

Nutrient benefits of Nettle Leaf 🌿

Calcium | Magnesium | Iron | Silicon

Potassium | Fiber | Protein

Vitamin A | Vitamin C | Vitamin K

Chlorophyll | Flavonoids | Carotenoids

Mentions:

David Hoffman - medical herbalist, author

Zack Woods Herb Farm

Organoleptic Evaluation of Herbs: How to Evaluate the Quality of Dried Herbs in 3 Simple Steps

Sources for dried nettle leaf

Rosemary’s Garden

Mountain Rose Herbs

Deepest gratitude to Andrea Klunder, my podcast boss. Find her at thecreativeimposter.com.

Original music by Dylan Rice

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Dina Ranade is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She is also a mom of three - two daughters in college and a 17 year old son finishing up high school. Dina loves cooking for her family despite the challenges that this creates. She passionately loves exploring culinary herbalism and has been working on stocking her home kitchen apothecary or medicine cabinet.

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