Cooking with okra

April 16, 2010

Cooking with the traditional Southern vegetable okra can be tricky. Use frozen okra to keep your dish from getting a slimy texture. If you are using fresh – simply freeze it before slicing and then add it to your gumbo. And, never cook okra in cast iron – it darkens it.

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