STINGING NETTLE BUTTER
from Dori Midnight of San Francisco, CA
First you have to find some fresh nettles. The best way to pick them and not get stung is to approach them with a lot of respect and ask permission.
Then put on some heavy duty gloves and snip with shears into a bag. You want to pick them when they are smaller than about a foot high- and take the tops. Once they have gotten really seedy, don't bother. (If you've never been stung by nettles, you might want to try it; it is a remedy that has been used for ages for arthritis and inflammation and from experience, I must say is amazing.)
Once you have harvested your nettles, using tongs, place them into a pot to steam for 10 minutes- their sting will be gone. Put them steamed nettles into a food processor and blend til nicely pureed.
Melt butter in a pot and add the nettles, stirring til blended. Pour into jars and let cool.
I love to spread it on toast so the butter all melts and your toast turns bright green! Nettles are chock full of vitamins and minerals- they nourish and tonify your liver and help with spring allergies AND are delicious!