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NOLATiger71
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Okra in Gumbo Slime Trick Help?

I made a seafood gumbo yesterday that came out fantastic except for the slime. The grocery did not have fresh okra so I resorted to bagged cut frozen okra. What is the trick to prevent slime?


LSUBoo
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Don't use okra?


Zappas Stache
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Saute it for a few minutes before putting it in the gumbo. I do this for fresh but never had a slime issue with bagged.
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dualed
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I’ve heard of you sauté them first then you can cook the slime out. I personally like the slime that they add though


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Paul Allen
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Sautée with the celery, bell peppers and onions.


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tenfoe
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My grandmother would put it in the microwave for a couple minutes then drain slime. Repeat a couple times until a bunch of the slime had been poured off then throw it in a hot skillet to sear it before putting in the gumbo to prevent slime.


Me I just fry the okra and eat it on the side.


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Deep Purple Haze
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throw it in the garbage can


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gumbo2176
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I grow a lot of okra every year and I'll smother a lot of it down to use in gumbo and different soups I make. That cooking process rids the okra of slime as it is cooked out of it in the process.

Whether buying fresh or frozen okra to use makes no difference in the slime factor as both will produce some if not cooked long enough.

If I use fresh or frozen raw okra, I'll put it in a cast iron pan with a little bacon grease and let it cook down for about 1 hour keeping it stirred so it doesn't stick. Just add a bit of water when it first starts cooking before it starts sweating out its own juices.

Some folks like to put the okra after it's cooked into a colander and rinse it to get rid of any slime that may still be around, but to me that's overkill. It will cook out while in the gumbo.

Oh, and when I smother it fresh from my garden I slice it in rings, add onion, garlic, green onion, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Slap Ya Mama, black pepper and some water to the pot to get it started and let it cook for at least 2 hours.

After it cools, I bag it up in quart freezer bags and freeze to use when needed.


DomincDecoco
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Cap full of white vinegar.


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SaDaTayMoses
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Oh, and when I smother it fresh from my garden I slice it in rings, add onion, garlic, green onion, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Slap Ya Mama, black pepper and some water to the pot to get it started and let it cook for at least 2 hours.


this is the way


Roy Curado
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When are you putting the okra in?


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ThreeBonesCater
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Oh, and when I smother it fresh from my garden I slice it in rings, add onion, garlic, green onion, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Slap Ya Mama, black pepper and some water to the pot to get it started and let it cook for at least 2 hours.


Yes, cook until the okra stops foaming then the slime has been cooked out. Don't add the meat until after this step.


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pbro62
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Simple cook it down first then move on


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AlxTgr
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Don't use okra?

This. It's a vile weed.


BallsEleven
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It's a vile weed.


You aren't using it right then.

I've sauteed and baked the okra prior. Both work well.

I also like it as a side and cooking like I would asparagus. A little oil, S&P, and throw them on the grill makes for a great snack.


LSUballs
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Cook down with the trinity in the roux. No slime


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AlxTgr
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You aren't using it right then.

I do not use it at all


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t00f
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Don't use okra?



right up there with mayo


LSUBoo
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quote:

quote:

Don't use okra?

This. It's a vile weed.


I was mostly joking and figured I'd get downvoted to hell on this board... ... but seriously frick okra.


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Popths
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Sautéed in white vinegar before adding does the trick


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