After reading some of the mock survival threads recently it looks like many members here consider themselves to be reasonably talented cooks. I'm
not sure if they mean that they've actually cooked wild food often, food other than venison, or they're referring to their skills at cooking
manufactured foods. Either way, there are many things to know about cooking food obtained from the wild, that doesn't apply to items you find in
your local grocery store. In this thread, I'll go over how to turn ramps, or wild leeks, into not only an edible seasoning, but also a very good
Once you've picked the ramps, you need to soak them in some kind of water. The purpose of this is to get rid of some of the "flavor" and tone it
down into a more reasonable level. Straight from the ground, they're almost not tolerable. The best way to do this, is to find a reasonably fast
flowing stream, with cold clean water, and wedge them between some rocks for the night. Leave them sit for 12 hours at least. If you only have a tub
of water, that will work. Distilled water is best if you're using the tub method.
After they've been properly soaked, you need to clean them up, check them for parasites, and let them sit to dry off for a short time. After that
you can cut the roots off the bulb, and begin mincing the entire plant into small pieces (leaves too). After you are done doing that, you can use
them as is, or if you have a dehydrator, or access to a very dry area, you can dehydrate them and use them in much the same way that you would use
minced onion in your kitchen. You can grind them into a fine powder, with a mortar and pestle, sort of like garlic powder. You can also freeze them,
for later use if you do not want them dry.
You can use them as a dried seasoning anywhere you would desire onion or garlic. They can serve as both in a pinch. If you want to use them fresh,
they can be put into a variety of dishes such as: omelets, fried potatoes, roast, soups, egg dishes, casseroles, rice dishes and potato dishes. You
can also boil them and eat them like any other vegetable.
Another use for these garlic/onion type plants is a cure to the common cold. That's right, they're just like garlic to the common cold. If you're
using them for this, it's best to eat them straight without any soaking, or if you're too timid for that, put them in some chicken noodle soup and
they will cure what ales you.
These health problems would include atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and allergic airway inflammation. We would also
expect to see leeks providing measurable amounts of protection against several different types of cancer, mostly likely including colorectal cancer.
It's important to remember that even in the absence of research studies to confirm health benefits, leeks still belong to the same allium vegetable
family as onions and garlic and contain many health-supportive substances that are similar to (or identical with) the substances in their fellow
The people that posses the skills required to go from a plant in the ground, to a real dinner table worthy food, will be well off, should anything
ever happen to the Earth.