How to prepare broad beans


How to prepare broad beans
Here's how, from fresh beans in pods, to obtain beans ready to use in a recipe.
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Last modified on: July 3rd 2024

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For 400 g, you will need:
  • 1 broad beans 800 g broad beans
  • Total weight: 800 grams

Change these quantities to make: 200 g 400 g 800 g 1 kg 200 g
How long will it take?
Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
26 min.5 min.31 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 10 min.
How to prepare broad beans
Open each bean pod and collect the seeds they contain...

Stage 2
How to prepare broad beans
... before placing them in a bowl.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
How to prepare broad beans
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, and pour in the seeds.

Leave to cook for 3 to 5 minutes from the time they come back to the boil.

Stage 4
How to prepare broad beans
You'll notice that some seeds split on their own, a sign that they've cooked long enough.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
How to prepare broad beans
Drain and refresh quickly under cold water.

Stage 6
How to prepare broad beans
Press each seed to release the bean.

Stage 7
How to prepare broad beans
If the seed is not yet split, split the end with your fingernail...

Stage 8
How to prepare broad beans
... and press to release the bean.

Stage 9 - 15 min.
How to prepare broad beans
Do this for all the seeds, and your beans are ready to use in your recipe.

Stage 10
How to prepare broad beans

And the germ?



Every bean has a small white germ (indicated by the arrow), which is reputed to make the bean less digestible.

Stage 11
How to prepare broad beans
As in fine restaurants, you can remove it with a small knife...

Stage 12
How to prepare broad beans
... to obtain a perfect bean.

Admittedly, it's not essential, and it's a lot of work, so it's up to you.
Remarks
You'll notice that the weight loss is significant, and from the pods onwards you end up with fairly few beans, which you'll need to take into account for your future recipe.
Keeping
1 or 2 days in the fridge, in a closed container.
Source
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
640 Kcal or 2,680 Kj48 gr112 gr0 gr
32 %18 %11 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
80 Kcal or 335 Kj6 gr14 gr0 gr
4 %2 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 400 g : 3.12 €

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