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Attn. Joanna
Mon 30-Apr-12
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Jo, do you remember last year when we put French beans into a Kilner jar layered with salt?  I've just got the jar out of the larder where it's been stored ever since, wrapped in several layers of newspaper and secured with elastic bands to keep out the light.  I've tipped it all out into a colander and rinsed and rinsed the beans in several changes of water, but they're still incredibly salty tasting - I couldn't possibly eat them as they are.  I've got them soaking now in (yet another) bowlful of fresh water, in the hope that they might become edible.

How were yours, did you have the same problem? 

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Mon 30-Apr-12
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That sounds like the spinach that OH cooked last night, it was so salty that even I couldn't eat it.

I'll try that again!

Wed 2-May-12
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Hi Sue

On here at last. Yes mine were salty too, I have used them up gradually after rinsing over 24 hours in soups and stews where the additional salt was fine because I don't normally add salt to things anyway. Couldn't eat them straight that's for sure. Freezer next time I think! whistle

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Ugh......Ooooh, how I remember the taste of them from my childhood. I hated them. 

 

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Do they have an altered  texture too?

I'll try that again!

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I've given up with them now and chucked them, even after numerous rinses and soaking for several hours they were still excessively salty, they made my mouth and tongue tingle like mad.  Even husband pulled a disgusted face at the one he tried. 

Yes, will freeze this year's lot too, same as Jo.  I only tried the salting method last year as I was running out of freezer space, and had been given a boxful of Kilner jars.

As for the altered texture TA - I couldn't really say for sure, I only tried 3 or 4 raw ones after various rinses/soaks.  They were still quite crunchy, I thought they may have softened up after months in a salt-laden jar.

Oh well, you live and learn!

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The texture was the same as beans normally are in a stew, just not the sort of thing to eat on their own at all!!!!!!!! roll_eyes Might go in for the fermented type veg next, did some with cucumbers and it might not be to everyone's taste but interesting and a welcome addition to the meal table as something different.cheers

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I shall not be trying that then.

I'll try that again!

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Best not to, TA !! big_laugh

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Silly sossidge!  big_laugh

I'll try that again!

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