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    I always take the outside edge off, even with 'stringless' ones, then slice finely, because that was the way I was taught to do them. Mum was very scathing about people who chopped them into chunks, and we had to practise until we got them right She wouldn't entertain a bean slicer either, even though my elder sister bought her one to save her time. Interestingly though my OH complains about them being in long bean length slices, says they are harder to eat! Does he know or care how long it took me to prefect the art?
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    We always sliced runners into long, but not bean-length, slices, slightly diagonal. If the bean doesn't string' when you cut the end, odds are it is young enough not to be a problem anyway.
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    What a sensible lot! I'm for ever being told that runners are preferable to French beans. I don't agree - for all the reasons above. I've grown climbing French beans for years, very successfully. Grew Blue Lake for a long time, then changed last year to Cobra. Excellent beans, but the crop this year is very poor compared to last. What's your experience? Any good recipes - as even with a poor crop I have more than I can use at once. (They freeze very well; better than runners.)
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    I love runner beans.. and as said, they're best picked young. But once in a while one escapes detection until it's rather big.. just use a carrot peeler down each side to de-string it and cut it up along with the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwen11ian View Post
    I love runner beans.. and as said, they're best picked young. But once in a while one escapes detection until it's rather big.. just use a carrot peeler down each side to de-string it and cut it up along with the rest.
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    If a runner bean is old enough to be 'stringy' then cutting it up with the rest just leads to unexpected 'stringy bits' when eating them (like you don't get with French beans, but I like both and they are not quite the same). If still on the plant. let it ripen, if discovered after picking, treat like a broad-bean and only cook the actual beans.
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    Hello, I have one to add...... Wine.... it might not sound very good but believe me its very nice....medium dry.
    3lb beans
    1/2 oz bruzed ginger
    1 bag of sugar
    tea spoon yeast nutrient
    hock yeast
    juice of 1 lemon

    Put the beans, sugar, ginger into a clean plastic bucket, pour over enough hot water to disolve the sugar, top up with cold water to the gallon mark, add lemon juice and yeast nutriant, when cool add the yeast and cover, put in a warm place, after 3-4 days strain into demi jon, fit air lock.....easy
    beans on the plate.
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    and a glass to wash it down with
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    I've not had a problem with strings normally I get them before that stage but a couple of my bean plants went on strike during the bad bad bad weather and produced beans with no beans in. They seem to be back to normal now though there are noticably less coming.
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