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    You know how it goes, one stringy bit of runner bean in your dinner and you dont' want to touch them again, it's so darned off putting.

    So this year I've been a bit over cautious and anything that looks remotely stringy isn't being used. But that seems like such a waste to me...

    If I dried the beans inside, woul they be any good in recipies (maybe chilli con carne?) or not. Does any one else do this or what do you do with the stringy beans you're finding (other than compost heap)?

    I think there was a thread recently about this but I couldn't spot it, sorry
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    Yes you can use the beans inside Shortie - but the answer is to keep your beans well watered and to pick them YOUNG.
    I find runners have a rough mouth feel which I don't especially like so I only grow climbing french or pole beans. Never had those go stringy but again, I pick young or use for shelly beans.
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    "what do you do with the stringy beans you're finding "

    We pick them REALLY tiny. But that apart, as I mentioned in another thread, we prefer this flat French bean Suttons Seeds: Vegetable Seeds: Bean (Climbing French) Limka Seeds - same shape / size as a runner, but top & tail then cross-cut into 1" lengths. No string!!

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    My Mum simply used the inside beans like broadbeans. If a pod seems 'stringy' when slicing, take the beans out and cook them with the sliced ones. I was never keen on them, but I was the fussy one in the family, so Mum just avoided putting those ones on my plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    Yes you can use the beans inside Shortie - but the answer is to keep your beans well watered and to pick them YOUNG.
    Ah yes, agreed. But you know how they're fab at playing hide 'n' seek and you sometimes miss a bunch?

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    My Mum simply used the inside beans like broadbeans.
    Cool, I'll try them in a chilli then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shortie View Post
    Ah yes, agreed. But you know how they're fab at playing hide 'n' seek and you sometimes miss a bunch?
    They are the ones I save for seed! However, I grow french beans which don't cross readily. Runners do.
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    I thought i'd picked my runners this morning, then coming down the garden path tonight, I found a large handful I'd missed. I'm sure they weren't there earlier!
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    My gran always had us 'stringing' the runner beans - just taking the outside long edge off - I just pick mine younger - I could eat them every day, probably will be soon, only every other day at the moment!

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