Eat Your Christmas Tree: Cooking with Pine Needles


The euphoria of the Christmas holiday period is well projected in the Christmas tree; there is a search for the tree that possesses the proper structure and significant quantity of luxury. The Christmas season is that time of the year that witness the lighting of the Christmas trees and sharing of gift items among family members, business associates, and lovers. The tree is of no use after the celebrations and left in the waste bins for clearing. Not many individuals know that the Christmas tree can be utilized for other purposes and this post is about to address the issue.


Pine needles from the coniferous trees such as pine, fir or spruce can be utilized for cooking purposes as well as creating a lively meal with a citrus-like palate and earthy scent. One of the conventional methods to make use of the pine needles is by using them in the preparation of pine needle tea.

Pick a few young pine needles which are easily identified by their soft and brilliant colors, rinse these pine needles in warm water and dice them into smaller bits and remove the brownish trimmings. Put them in a cup before applying hot water. Give more time before you drink it. For safe use, ensure your tree is not having poisonous chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides.

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Another favorite method of using the needles is by integrating oil or spice mixture into your cooking. Oil mix can be utilized on the crown of a grilled fish while the spice mix can be dotted into rice as it is cooked or scrubbed into meats during the process of roasting.
After the season of Christmas is over, the piney scent may still exist if you choose the smoking procedure. If you want to make a chicken barbeque, switch the gas grill to a medium-high, spread the coals and place pine boughs. If the pine boughs are caught up with fire, ensure you cover the grill and make sure the fire is extinct before you add the chicken. Turn, moisten, and sauce the chicken until it appears brownish and fresh and the process should not be more than ten to fifteen minutes. The next step is to put the chicken on a platter and adorn it with pine boughs.

Making use of your environment and the direct outdoors for cooking purpose will show that you are following the examples of Chef Damon Baehrel, a reputable farmer, forager, chef, restaurateur, cheesemaker, and gardener. Chef Damon Baehrel sources his cooking requirements for his restaurant, self-titled Damon Baehrel, from his 12 acres of land in Coxsackie, NY. He is proficient in the creation of pine needle cured meats.

Though the season of Christmas is brief, it is better to take full advantage of the period. The Christmas takes time to develop and get to its destination. It will be an excellent idea to make good use of the tree rather than abandoning it after Christmas.