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Pot Liquor (or Potlikker)

August 5, 2010

Sounds naughty, right? Quite the contrary; this stuff is like liquid gold. Pot liquor is the liquid that is left over after blanching greens. Typically when greens are ready to go, we pour out the contents of the pot through a colander and right down the drain. But in the murky green, remains a good percentage of vital nutrients and minerals that leached out of our vegetables and into the water. Now not all pot liquors are alike, some taste like nothing or even not that great, but some are fabulous; as I discovered last night after blanching shiso leaves. The liquid had a lemony-herbal aroma, just like a pleasant tea. So the next time you blanch your collards and kale, reserve the liquid and use it: drink it plain (hot or cold) or  use it to thin and add flavor to sauces or deglaze pans.

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