How to Prepare Fresh Okra (Bamia) Before Cooking

Recipe by UmmBinat
READY IN: 35mins
SERVES: 4
YIELD: 1 lb
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Wash well handling gently.
  • Trim stem end without cutting into pod.
  • Trim around top of stem attached to pod, removing a thin layer.
  • Remove fuzz under running water by rubbing pod gently with a nylon scourer. If okra is young there is no need to do this.
  • Spread out and leave until dry.
  • Place in a bowl and pour on vinigar tossing gently so that vinegar coats okra.
  • Leave for 30 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse well.
  • Dry and use as directed in recipes.
  • TO FREEZE.
  • Method 1.
  • Prepare as above and dry.
  • In a deep pan heat oil and fry okra for 5 miutes, tossing gently with a wooden spoon.
  • Cool and put into freezer bags, expel air, seal and label. Pack into freezer.
  • Method 2.
  • Prepare as above.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Have a bowl of ice water ready.
  • Place prepared okra into a frying basket and lower into boiling water.
  • Boil for 3 miutes, timed from when the water returns to a boil.
  • Lift out and place in ice water for 3 minutes.
  • Drain well, put into freezer bags, expel air, seal and label. Pack into freezer.
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