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How do I ensure wooden twigs are safe to use in food? [real question]

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Posted to Thread #30522 at 12:50 pm on Oct 3, 2018

I know I' times, but this is an actual question. Our local electric coop puts out a magazine and last month's recipe was 1" cubes of sweet potatoes wrapped in bacon, then broiled...with a real twig as the serving method. A tray of them looked very "fall-ish" and as I'm a big fan of Garnet yams AND bacon, I'd like to serve them that way.


I've been weeding my hillside and am definitely sensitive to something here. Blisters on face and arms, but no itching (so not poison ivy).

This brings us to my question: How do I know which twigs are safe to insert in food? And what about itty bitty bugs? Should I put the twigs in the oven first to sterilize them? (because I can see the news headline already: "City Hick Burns Down House By Starting Wood Fire in Electric Oven.")

God, I was not meant to live in the woods.

Jesus saves. Buddha recycles.

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