How do you cook Woody okra?

What to do with okra that is too hard?

When you find pods that are just too old or too big to really be edible, leave them alone and let them dry out. The pods should be brown and starting to open; at that point, remove them from the plant, slice them open and remove the seeds.

Why is my okra so hard?

If you leave them too long, the pods get hard and woody. Once you’re done picking okra, store them in plastic bags in your refrigerator where they will last about a week or freeze the pods if you have too much to use. Just remember that harvesting okra needs to be done often.

How do you make okra soft?

Place okra in a saucepan; add enough water to cover the okra and salt to taste; bring the water to boil. Cover the pan and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until the okra is tender. Drain well and, if desired, toss with a little butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

How do you cook overripe okra?

One ole-timey way of using overly ripe okra (from back in the day when they were careful not to waste a single thing)is to slice it into pieces (several larger pieces, but not a lot of small ones) and cook it in a soup or stew. The still soft parts will cook out into the soup or stew and add some flavor.

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Can you eat okra raw?

Okra pods can even be eaten raw. The less cooked okra is, the better it is for you. It’s high in fiber, folate, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Slice off the stem, cut the pods into 1-inch pieces and give them a quick saute to reduce the green taste.

Why does okra soften and turn brown?

Okra flowers and fruits turn soft on the plants and develop a fuzzy appearance. This usually means that they’ve been infected with fungal okra blossom and fruit blight. Okra blossom and fruit blight strikes whenever there is enough heat and moisture to support the growth of the fungus.

How do you dry okra for crafts?

Dry okra on a hot day.It should dry in one day. Wash the small ones leave stems on them.

Drying can be accomplished in several ways:

  1. Leave it on the plant until it dries out completely.
  2. Dry it in a low oven for several hours.
  3. Dry it in a dehydrator.
  4. Lay it out to dry. ( punch tiny holes first)