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File' Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Harriet Duhe' Melancon
Added: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Sassafras

Directions:
Directions:
Cut small limbs from the tree in the fall before the leaves start turning color.
Clean the leaves.
Spray off the leaves with water.
Remove leaves from the stem
If you are patient, remove the petioles (stalk of the leaf) from the leaves.
Crush the leaves by hand.
Grind the Leaves - Small Batches
For small batches, use a blender. The dried leaves are ground until you get a fine powder.
Sift the ground powder to remove larger pieces (larger veins, petiole pieces, etc.)
Store the file' in a well sealed jar. File' can be stored for a long time, as long as it is kept dry. File' tends to loose some of its flavor over time, so try to make a fresh batch every year. Store it in the refrigerator to keep it as fresh as possible.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
File' (pronounced fee-lay) is the traditional table condiment used on gumbo. Because of this, sometimes it is called "gumbo file". The early Cajuns learned to use file' from the Choctaw Indians of the Gulf coast, who evidently used it to thicken soups. File' is ground sassafras (Sassafras albidum) leaves.

I put this one in here as a gift to Sluggo (My Parain, he will know why!!!) LOL

 

 

 

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