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  • How to Choose Edamame 
    Most commonly found frozen, edamame are available both shelled and in the pods. Shelled beans are convenient for use in salads, while those in the pods make a great snack. Find fresh beans in Asian markets; look for flat, yet plump, pods of a uniform dark green shade.

  • How to Store Edamame 
    Refrigerate fresh pods in a bag for up to 4 days. Frozen beans can be kept for 3 months.

    How to Prepare Edamame 
    Shelling edamame before they’re cooked is no easy task, but they pop out easily after cooking; boil fresh beans in their pods for 5 minutes in salted water. Frozen beans are typically sold parboiled and only need to be boiled for a few minutes (follow package directions).

  • How to Use Edamame 
    Whole pods make an excellent appetizer. Just sprinkle with coarse sea salt, squeeze the pods gently, and pop the beans directly into your mouth. Toss shelled beans into soups, salads, and pasta dishes.

    —Melinda Page

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