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OKRA? how do you cook it and when do you pick it

post #1 of 21
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I had okra growing in my garden but i never know when to pick it and how to cook it if i cut it up or take the seeds out, someone help me

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*Angelz*
1 rhode island red hen, 1 silver delaware hen and 1 RIR rooster,  2 houdan, 1 black sexlink, 2 production reds, and a black giant Chickies i just bought ,,4 pitbulls, 3 chihuahuas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxBGN8J1uq4 DIY grass feeding for my chickens
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post #2 of 21

My favorite way to eat it is pickled.  I also slice it and dip it in a batter and deep fry it.

You pick it when it's about 3 inches long usually.  If you let it get too big it starts getting woody.

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post #3 of 21

oh my oh my, that's one of my very favorite foods!  Pick it when it is small like 2-4"; if you let it get too big it will get tough and the ribs will be stiff.  It's good in soups, cut into chunks (NO NEED to remove seeds, they are edible), dredged in flour or a mixture of flour & corn meal and pan fried, or you can batter it cut or whole and deep fry it.  It can also be pickled (you've probably seen pickled okra on a salad bar), and we like it cut into chunks along with diced green tomatoes, then flour them both together and pan fry them in some cooking oil or olive oil.  YUM!!!

ETA:  it can also be boiled, but does get rather "slimy" when boiled.  If the sliminess bothers you, you can add a capful or two of vinegar to the salted boiling water and it will minimize the slime.  wink


Edited by crtrlovr - 8/31/08 at 6:59pm
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Momma loves her babies!  8 cats, 45 inside birds, 3 guineas,  RIRs, BRs,  BOs ,  Lorpie girls, Golden Comets, OEGB  BBreds, bantam frizzle cochins,  3 white Silkies, EEs, some silkie/cochin mixes, silkie/frizzles, ducks (3 white Pekins, 1 buff Saxony & 1 Silver Appleyard), and 1 Blue Slate turkey who thinks she's a chicken...   (did I miss anyone?...)  Nope!  Now let's all have pie. 
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post #4 of 21

It's great i soups too...*Tip* bake it in the oven for a bit before adding it.  it gets rid of the slimy texture

post #5 of 21

My southern belle grama used to get mad when she would serve us boiled okra and we would tell her we REFUSED to eat snot! lau

post #6 of 21

Send it to me!  You'll never again have to worry about how to cook it!

I love it fried, boiled, pickled and in gumbo!

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post #7 of 21

Okay, I agree with crtrlover, 2 -4 inches are best. When they are small I love to just wash them, DO NOT CUT and then toss them in a little olive oil with garlic, sautee until they are bright green about 5 minutes and then dig in. I have turned even the worst okra hater into a fan with this.

Michelle

post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by MissPrissy 

Send it to me!  You'll never again have to worry about how to cook it!

I love it fried, boiled, pickled and in gumbo!


I agree. I love okra anyway you cook it.  My mom use to lay a few on top of a pan of blackeyed peas right before she served them, she may have cooked them a few minutes until tender. I don't do this because my DH would refuse to eat the peas. He would think I had ruined them. He will only eat okra in gumbo.  Go figure.

post #9 of 21

I love peas with okra. I also love it on the side pickled! MMMM mmmmm!

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post #10 of 21

All this okra talk is making me hungry for some....and I didn't plant any this year. sad

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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