Usually when the bags of edamame start coming in the CSA box, my heart sinks. They are such a pain to shell. But thanks to Alton Brown, I was looking forward to them this year. On an episode of Good Eats, he showed a nifty trick for shelling them. Run the pods between the rollers of a pasta machine. The beans pop out and the pods go through the rollers. Could it possibly work as well as he said it would? After all, I don’t have the magic of television working for me.
I made a little video showing how well it does work. I kept a hand over the top to keep some of the more exuberant beans in place. I set the rollers on #3. Awesome! Sounds like I should oil that pasta machine crank though. Enjoy: