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RE: Name some of your favorite shellies. (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: zeedman on 09.21.2014 at 01:48 am in Beans, Peas & Other Legumes Forum

Most of my favorites are listed & described on the Shelly Bean threads.
Bird Egg #3
Brita's Foot Long
Ma Williams
Soissons Vert
Striped Cornfield
Giant Red Tarka

Honorable Mention:
Tiger Eye (bush)
Uzice Speckled Wax (pole wax)
Zlatac (pole wax)

I tried Serbian Pole for the first time this year, and it would be near the top of this list for flavor.

To cook shellies, I generally boil them when fresh... but will sometimes steam the blanched & frozen ones. The pasta kettles with strainer baskets make transferring the beans easier. Cooking time varies, but is generally somewhere around 20 minutes. I start testing them at 15 minutes; when done, the skin might still be a little tough, but the interior should be cooked & soft. I have a bowl with pre-melted butter/margarine & salt ready, pour the beans out of the strainer basket directly into the bowl, and stir (gently!) to quickly coat the skins.

It is important to transfer the cooked beans as quickly as possible; once out of the water, the skins will dry quickly & often crack.

For larger quantities, I will use 2 large bowls (only the first one is buttered) and pour the beans back & forth between the two until the butter, salt, and any spices have coated the beans evenly. This method avoids breakage, especially for the softer beans. I then cover the beans & allow them to cool, stirring occasionally... the interior will firm up, while the skins will soften. For my taste, they are best when just warm, not hot... and eaten with a small fork or tooth picks.

I'm surprised to hear about all of the problems people have had with Soissons Vert. Although it can be slow to start, it only did poorly for me in a very wet year, when nearly all of my beans were sickly.


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