As a child growing up, I hated boiled okra! I mean I really hated boiled okra! When we had it in a meal, we had to eat it, no questions asked! Our household was not a household where picky eating was allowed, we grew or raised what we ate and we ate what we grew or raised. So, when boiled okra was on the menu I knew I would have to get creative in order to get it down. Let's just say that I developed quite a few tricks when it came to getting boiled okra down without getting sick at the table.
So why did I dislike boiled okra so much ... because my sweet mama boiled it until it was slimy!
When I met my husband I soon discovered that he really liked boiled okra and he convinced me (after quite a long time and much asking) to try it the way his mom cooked it. With much trepidation and a warning that it was quite possible that I would/could be sick at the table, I gave in and agreed to gave it a try.
I placed one small pod on my plate ...
it didn't look slimy ...
I rolled it around with my fork ...
it didn't feel slimy ...
I picked it up with my fork ...
there was no slime stringing from it so ...
I took a bite ...
and I loved it!
Everyone at the table seemed to breathe a sign of relief when I made my announcement and reached for more. (Yes, everyone had been warned about my okra phobia!)
How did my mother-in-law boil okra? She taught me how and I've been boiling okra this way ever since ... here's how she and now I, boil okra ...
I choose the smallest pods, one to 3 inches long, anything over three inches gets cut up for sautéing, etc.
I start with a pot of cold water and enough water to cover the amount of okra I'll be boiling.
add salt to taste
add washed and cleaned okra pods to pot of water
turn stove on
set timer for 8 minutes
bring to a gentle rolling boil
when timer goes off, drain okra (this is important, any longer and you get the slime thing developing)
add pat of butter and serve
Do you have a tried and true way of boiling okra that doesn't result in it being slimy?
(Picture: the finished product!)
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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