Must I peel dried fava beans, after they soaked in water? Should I cook them before peeling? Can I skip peeling them altogether?
You can get pre peeled favas dried. I would peel them after soaking because that is how I learned, some think you should not peel favas ever. Do what works for you.
Sometimes skins of dried favas will start to shed upon rehydrating. Once dried the skins will become tough, therefore most people remove them altogether. However, it is common to cook and eat fresh favas unpeeled.
Shuna is a pastry chef in New York City and author of the acclaimed blog Eggbeater.
Yes, you may skip peeling favas, especially dried ones. I, for one, think peeling fava beans is unnecessary and very time consuming.
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