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How long does it take to cook broad beans?

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Broad beans, also known as fava beans, only require about 30 seconds to 1 minute in boiling water and a quick plunge into ice water to free the beans from their outer skin. The beans can then be eaten raw, or cooked with various recipes.

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Broad beans have an outer skin surrounding the beans, and they grow in a pod, so both shells should be removed before consumption. To remove the beans from the pod, simply run a finger or small knife along the seam of the pod and remove the four to five beans.

Once a large batch of beans is collected, bring a pot of water to a boil and toss in all of the beans. Allow the beans to cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and then drain the beans from the boiling water and place in a large bowl of ice water. This stops the beans from cooking and softens the outer skin. Remove the beans from the ice water and squeeze between the thumb and a finger to pop the beans out of the skin.

At this point, the beans can be eaten raw, either as is or with seasonings, or served in a variety of recipes, such as sauteed with olive oil, and served with pasta and cheese, or pureed into a dip and served with crackers.

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