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Preparing Fresh Bamboo

Because fresh bamboo contains toxins, it's important to process them before cooking them to neutralize the toxins.
Main Ingredient Vegetable
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • Bamboo
  • Rice bran (optional)


  • Peel the dark colored sheaths from the bamboo, starting from the bottom and working your way to the top. Trim any dark bits off the peeled shoot using a knife.
  • Place the bamboo shoots in a pot and fill with enough water to cover the bamboo by a few inches. You can optionally add some rice bran (the part thats stripped off from the brown rice as it's milled).
  • Bring the pot to a boil and continue boiling for 2 hours, adding water periodically to keep the bamboo covered.
  • Drain and rinse off the bamboo and then store refrigerated in water for at least 1 day before using.