We’ve completed harvesting the cassava for this 12 months, and have had just a few good meals of it to date.
Rachel’s favourite technique for cooking cassava, and one which could be very widespread in our home, is to make cassava fries.
Since cassava requires boiling to make it secure for consumption, she peels the roots and cuts them into sections, then boils them in salty water till they’re fork-tender.
The salt isn’t essential to take away toxins, but it surely does make the ultimate cassava fries style a lot better.
As soon as the cassava is cooked, she then strains it and lets it sit for some time. Typically she places all of it within the fridge to complete later, different occasions she takes it proper from the pot and strikes on to the following step.
The boiled cassava is minimize into fry-sized chunks and laid out on a baking tray that has been oiled with tallow or coconut oil.
She then makes use of a brush to use extra tallow to all of the items.
Beef tallow is basically the perfect. Lard is sweet as effectively. Coconut oil is okay.
As soon as the items are oiled, she salts them, then places them within the oven to broil on “Excessive” for about fifteen minutes.
It normally takes extra like 20-25 to be completed, as a result of typically the timer goes off at 15 and she or he checks them and provides them one other 10 minutes. It partly relies on the scale of the items you set in. Thinner items cook dinner a lot sooner than thicker ones. I like them to get a little bit crunchy, too. Somewhat black on the sides is ok.
Then you definately simply take them to the desk, or switch them to an acceptable piece of glassware from the Nineteen Seventies.
You may make selfmade mayo or use ketchup to dip them in, however actually: they’re so good when boiled in salty water after which coated in tallow and roasted crispy, they don’t want something to be excellent.
Cassava is likely one of the crops I extremely suggest in Completely Loopy Straightforward Florida Gardening, in addition to in my different Florida gardening books. It’s simpler to develop than potatoes, is perennial, has a distinct season from white potatoes, may be saved within the floor for a protracted whereas, and thrives within the state of Florida.
Comfortable Feast of the Immaculate Conception… we’re headed to church immediately. And on the best way, I might be searching the worldwide markets for some new root crops to check.