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    Another question: I would like to be able to use them in packed lunches.
    Is that possible?
    Do I cook them for ten minutes then freeze them?
    Can I use them as salad then once defrosted?
    Boy borlotti beans confuse me

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    Seeds for next year, yep, just dry them out.

    For the freezer, I usually shell mine and do the ten minute boil, then plunge them into cold, and bag then up in roughly tin-sized portions to freeze. That way I can just chuck them straight into dishes without faffing
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    damn that's a good idea!

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    Thanks loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarzWix View Post
    Seeds for next year, yep, just dry them out.

    For the freezer, I usually shell mine and do the ten minute boil, then plunge them into cold, and bag then up in roughly tin-sized portions to freeze. That way I can just chuck them straight into dishes without faffing
    D'oh, great idea. I've been boiling from frozen for ten mins- next time ill do this though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuffedas View Post
    I would like to be able to use them in packed lunches.
    Is that possible? Can I use them as salad...?
    Yes of course. Why wouldn't you? *puzzled at your puzzlement*

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuffedas View Post
    borlotti beans confuse me
    Borlotti (and all other varieties of French bean) contain a bit of toxin that can make you very poorly (kidney bean poisoning). Some people will never be affected, others can be very ill. It's not worth the risk.

    You destroy the toxin by boiling, for *about* 10 mins (I usually do it for 5). Pour away the boiled water, rinse the beans and then use them as normal tinned beans.

    If your beans have hardened (dried) then you'll need to rehydrate them before the boil. Do a one-hour hot soak, or an overnight cold soak.
    then boil ~ rinse ~ use

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    I am only a simple man.
    I get easily confused, normally through rushing around.

    I boiled mine for 25 mins and still were a bit hard. I thought ten miniutes would be enough.....
    I am now wondering if they had dried out on the plant and had only partially been soaked by the rain.
    So, if they have not been dried, ten minutes is enough, yes?

    So, if dried, i soak, boil (For 10 mins followed by a long simmer?), rinse cool and then freeze.... Can I then defrost a handful and eat cold as in throw them in a wrap or a salad?
    That's a yes, right? Because I killed the toxins in the boiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuffedas View Post

    So, if dried, i soak, boil (For 10 mins followed by a long simmer?), rinse cool and then freeze.... Can I then defrost a handful and eat cold as in throw them in a wrap or a salad?
    That's a yes, right? Because I killed the toxins in the boiling.
    Correct ..............

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