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Broad beans

(29 Posts)
kittylester Sun 05-May-19 18:23:00

Any ideas for quick skinning methods or does anyone sell them ready skinned?

SueDonim Sun 05-May-19 18:36:55

I buy frozen ones, which are generally small and tender and don't usually need skinning.

phoenix Sun 05-May-19 18:39:50


SueDonim Sun 05-May-19 18:43:40

Phoenix, some folk don't like the skins as they're a bit chewy. Personally, I don't mind eating them but there are those who do!

kittylester Sun 05-May-19 18:44:10

Because they are lovely without skins but I'm very lazy!

aggie Sun 05-May-19 18:53:08

Like stuffing Mushrooms ....................... life is too short

Luckygirl Sun 05-May-19 18:56:27

I think broad beans are as tasty as plastic and I steer well clear of them !

Skinning them sounds a bit like filleting whitebait!

MiniMoon Sun 05-May-19 19:01:36

Waitrose know how.
Here is their guide.
To be honest, I prefer them without the skins too. It is a bit time consuming to double pod them. I tend to use frozen broad beans.

kittylester Sun 05-May-19 19:08:02

I might stick with edemame beans!

The skins seem much more leathery than i remember.

Liz46 Sun 05-May-19 19:21:29

We used to grow broad beans on the allotment. I used to pick them on a sunny day and then come home, boil the beans for a minute or two and sit in the garden peeling off the skin before freezing.

Fennel Sun 05-May-19 20:40:46

Same as Liz above.
The skins come off easily that way, but more often we ate them skin and all.
Or buy the frozen ones - just as nice.

kittylester Sun 05-May-19 20:43:52

I've just done some frozen ones and was disappointed.

M0nica Sun 05-May-19 21:32:25

If you grow them yourself and eat them fresh from the garden (or freeze them immediately) they do not need skinning.

I have yet to buy any commercially grown broad beans that didn't have course skins, even tinned or frozen, so broad beans are a summer treat for a few weeks, which makes them so special. Last year I had a complete crop failure.

Same applies to runner beans, only acceptable straight from the garden (although I do freeze them)

HannahLoisLuke Mon 06-May-19 09:36:56

Kittylester, mostly I eat the skins, great fibre, but occasionally I like to skin them and find its easiest to cook them briefly, them douse in cold water, nick the ends, squeeze gently and out they pop.

Patticake123 Mon 06-May-19 09:53:27

Grow your own and pick them while still small, then you can eat the lot - pods as well!

Grandma70s Mon 06-May-19 09:56:23

I love broad beans, have done since I was a child and my father grew them. I like them left to grow quite big. The baby ones don’t have as much flavour or texture. I don’t like the frozen ones, so my broad bean intake is quite limited, unfortunately.

NotSpaghetti Mon 06-May-19 10:09:35

I too like my broad beans skinned. I’m afraid I see it as a labour of love though. Horribly time consuming even if done the way everyone knows!

Riggie Mon 06-May-19 10:34:54

I used to loathe broad beans until I discovered double podding.
If I plan them for the weekend when dh cooks then he does it all!!

Pudding123 Mon 06-May-19 11:32:29

I pop them in a bowl then pour boiling water over then after a couple of minutes nic the end and push the bean out .It is time consuming but if you are not in a rush just listen to the radio and enjoy the task

Fennel Mon 06-May-19 11:37:38

As an aside - When we grew them I found that when I de-pod them my fingers become black from something in the pod.
I loved the velvety feel of the inside of the pod, but we never ate the whole thing.
It's one of the few veg. you can plant early in the year, as they're frost-hardy.

EllanVannin Mon 06-May-19 11:51:39

I love broad beans freshly gathered of course. They are as tender as can be and also more flavoursome than frozen. Nor do they need skinning and I'm no fan of tough skins, tomatoes spring to mind on that score and I always peel apples too.

moggie57 Mon 06-May-19 13:13:00

why skin them? just cut up boil/steam and eat.

annifrance Mon 06-May-19 13:51:30

Never occurred to me to skin broad beans! Recently watched my dear French friend skin every one of them on her plate with a knife and fork!

EthelJ Mon 06-May-19 17:54:48

I agree they taste much nicer without the skins. I spent years thinking I didn't like them until I tried them skinless! Agree it's fiddly I put them in hot water for a while which makes it easier.
I think I have seen small skinned bags in waitrose

H1954 Mon 06-May-19 19:12:56

Picked whilst still young and tender and there's no need to skin them!