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BRENDON

runner beans

Please can anyone give me an easy tip to cook runner beans my problem is that I use my bean slicer to remove the side bits then I cut up and put into water boil and simmer but the beans are stringy .what am I doing wrong.

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Welshcookie

Runner beans.

The beans are too old.

If they are your own, pick them earlier. If they are on sale, don't buy them if they are stringy and tough.

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BRENDON

runner bean

Thank you I did wonder about that .

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Jenifer

Runner Beans

We grow runner beans on our allotment and find that only the large ones that we have missed picking, are stringy, and we throw them away now and don't attempt to cook. I am always amazed at what the supermarkets have for sale, because I know that half of them would be tough and stringy and should not be sold and they are expensive! I have an Australian bean slicer, which you push the bean through and the stringy sides fall away and you are left with the bit for cooking, though incidentally, because we use them before they get large and tough, the sides are OK to eat as well. I Then I just boil until I can slice through easily with a sharp knife-delicious. I hope the answer is you are buying large tough beans, so select smaller ones or better still grow your own. Enjoy!

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Jenifer

Runner Beans

We grow runner beans on our allotment and find that only the large ones that we have missed picking, are stringy, and we throw them away now and don't attempt to cook. I am always amazed at what the supermarkets have for sale, because I know that half of them would be tough and stringy and should not be sold and they are expensive! I have an Australian bean slicer, which you push the bean through and the stringy sides fall away and you are left with the bit for cooking, though incidentally, because we use them before they get large and tough, the sides are OK to eat as well. I Then I just boil until I can slice through easily with a sharp knife-delicious. I hope the answer is you are buying large tough beans, so select smaller ones or better still grow your own. Enjoy!

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sam from worthing

runner beans


I have over 40 portions of runners in my freezer - had a lovely bumper crop this year.

this year's beans were a new varierty for us to try, called "enorma".

they grew to about 15-20 inches long - the ones that seem to disappear into the foliage. But i picked them when they were about 7-8 inches long and as wide as my little finger, a few did escape unpicked - and it was only those big ones that i had any stringyness too, so whilst slicing (with knife) i discarded the edges.

brought a pan of salted water to the boil, the put my beans in and then cooked again for 3 mins, drained and ran under cold water and froze in 2 person portion sizes.

I also made 6 jars of delias spiced runner bean pickle.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/vegetarian-food/spiced-pickled-runner-beans.html

this is really great for christmas presents - and goes great with curries, or ploughman's or cold cuts and salad over christmas and later in the year when the weather warms up again.

pick your beans much younger - they are slightly sweeter too. I was picking pretty much everyday - and in the morning too.

 
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