Video: Fava Beans 101

Video: Fava Beans 101

We're excited to see fava beans showing up in the farmers' markets, but we admit to being a little intimidated about all that shelling-boiling-shelling action. Sometimes watching a quick demonstration is all it takes to demystify a cooking technique. Such is the case with this YouTube video on shelling fava beans... The video comes from a chef named John Mitzewich, who posts his videos on YouTube and his website, Food Wishes. He gives you nice close-ups, simple instructions for blanching and peeling the beans, and a witty comment here and there. ("The fava bean is like the Russian nesting doll of the bean family.") Watch and enjoy — it will likely make you feel more confident about tackling a pile of favas. Use them in this: (Image: Faith Hopler)
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