Fresh bamboo

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Has anybody of you cooked fresh bamboo yet?

Ours is shooting away now and since we had some terrible taste experiences last year I thought I better ask some experts:
[b]How long and how often (with water changes) do you have to boil fresh bamboo shoots (after peeling) before they are safe to eat AND good tasting?[/b]

Last year I did 3 water changes,
I boiled them 3 times for about 10 minutes each time, starting with cold water each time.
They were still not very edible.
The variety is Phyllostachis edulis - supposedly one of the best eating bamboos around.
The shoots are about 5 to 15cm in length.

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carla 2006 October 13

Love your picture jeremy.
What was on the spoon that made you look so incredulous? Too much chilli in the chocolate sauce?

chembake 2006 September 22

I chopped tender shoots into shreds and dump them into boiling water with minimal stirring. When its soft its taken away from the liquid and drained.

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carla 2006 September 22

Aha !
So you shredded them finely and then only cooked them once.
And I cooked them 3 times and then shredded them and they were still tickling my throat!

With a bit of thought I could have come up with the same really! The bigger the surface the more they would leach of course.

Thanks chembake. Will try your method tomorrow!

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carla 2006 October 9

edit: the pictures were in twice for some odd reason, so I deleted this lot!
Couldn't delete the whole post though as it said I cannot delete a post when someone answered to it.
Well who answered? It was me myself and I who dit.
Never mind. Puter didn't know better obviously!

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carla 2006 October 9

And this is the result:

peeled bamboo ready for slicing



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carla 2006 October 9

And this is what I cooked:


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TeckPoh 2006 October 9

Furiously wiping my keyboard...

Woman. That looks positively delish! Bamboo shoots isn't in my list of veg but you've transformed it into such an inviting meal. Yum!

Be at the Great International Sourdough Bake 2007 (a very important event so named by Carol)! Want something from you in the menu.

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TeckPoh 2006 October 9

And over on this thread, we have [b]Oz Fest 2007[/b] vs [b]The Great International Sourdough Bake 2007[/b]...

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carla 2006 October 11

You don't want to know what sort of joke I was going to make about your bamboo!

You mean his bum boooohhh?? Hehe

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