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02-19-2008, 04:46 PM
A traditional Greek recipe is to serve green beans in a sauce made of tomatoes and olive oil. I've figured out a raw recipe for the sauce, but I need a way of softening the green beans without cooking them.
Anyone know a marinade I can soften the green beans in? I just want to take the crunch out the green beans. And I don't have a dehydrator.
Thanks in advance!
02-19-2008, 05:06 PM
one thing you could do is boil water and let it cool and pour over beans...won't cook them but will soften them!
02-19-2008, 05:28 PM
Adensspell - what a clever but simple idea! I wish I had thought of that.
02-19-2008, 06:48 PM
I think if water is hot enough to soften the green beans, then it will also be hot enough to cook them some.
02-19-2008, 06:53 PM
I will use a thermometer to make sure the water doesn't go above 118 degrees F.
Are there any methods for softening them without using hot water? Would rubbing them with salt and olive oil do the trick? Or does that only work for leafy greens?
02-19-2008, 08:10 PM
Rawbutterfly- You may be right, but then again, I am not sure, I personally am not against the light steaming every now and then but I am sure you could do it with water that is not above 118 degrees.
You could also try olive oil marinating for a longtime. I have a recipe somewhere for a south african dish made with marinated raw green beans. It sounds good though I haven't made it yet.
02-20-2008, 07:52 AM
What about fermenting the green beans? Usually pickles are still fairly crispy though.
I was looking around for green bean pickles (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/harvest/msg0817011122415.html) and came to this question of Are raw green beans poisonous? (http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/real%20letters/ltr_greenbeans.html) Anyone here have an opinion on this?
02-20-2008, 07:57 AM
MArinate Green Beans in ziploc with EVOO, or oil and vinegar , works well on my broccoli. Let stand at room temp, flipping the back every 20-30 min.
I eat raw green beans all the time, so guess they aren't too poisonous. Made some great pickles out of them last year, too.
02-20-2008, 08:04 AM
to soften my green beans, i do like you said, rub em in olive oil and sea salt, and then i dehydrate them for a little bit-softens em right up
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