Broad Beans

Basic cooking instructions
Baby beans when pods are small– top and tail and remove any strings. Cut into diagonal strips and boil for 5 minute
Broad: mature pods– remove beans from pods and boil for 10-20 mins depending on age and size – should not be mushy!
Freezing
Prepare beans as above and blanch for 2-3 mins. Drain, cool and pack into bags. May be cooked from frozen – French/Runner for 5 mins, broad for 7-8 mins.

Broad bean POD puree - for the adventurous and thrifty among us!
Remove any black spots and strings from the pods and throw into large pan of boiling water. Boil until tender. Skim and drain, keeping the water. Pass the soft pods through a mouli or sieve back into the pan and stir for 2-3 minutes over a gently heat to remove excess moisture. Season well and add a generous knob of butter and a pinch of nutmeg. Suggest serving as a sauce with bacon and crusty bread.