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Trader Joe's Frozen Edamame

Sugar04 Jun 15, 2007 12:49 PM

Is this still a product in stores, and are they good steamed (or microwaved) with a smattering of kosher salt? Had Japanese food for lunch today at a restaurant and realized that I could really be eating edamame at home, for very low cost...


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    corgette Jan 28, 2008 04:29 PM

    Yes, as others have posted, there seems to be a lack of frozen endamame at TJ's, at least the one in NYC (Union Square). Hasn't been any the last few times I've been there.

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    1. re: corgette
      MartiniQueen Jan 30, 2008 02:45 PM

      They haven't had it at the Marlton, NJ store for a while either...I used to buy bags and bags of it.

    2. mamaciita Jan 28, 2008 03:48 PM

      I usually steam the shelled variety in the microwave, although the last batch of frozen in-shell that I boiled--albeit briefly--turned out quite mushy. I'll probably microwave those next time, too.

      I buy frozen edamame at our Kroger--their brand with the other frozen veggies, organic in the natural foods section.

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        nc213 Jan 28, 2008 03:01 PM

        they're great steamed or microwaved (though I prefer steamed). Depending on where you live, you might be able to find edamame in a more mainstream grocery store. Our Giant stocks frozen edamame.

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        1. re: nc213
          Suzy Q Jan 28, 2008 04:19 PM

          I get mine at The Fresh Market.

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          DeniseMeance Jan 28, 2008 02:16 PM

          I was informed yesterday, that TJ's is no longer carrying frozen edamame. The explanation was that "the former supplier was China, and we are looking for a new supplier"

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          1. re: DeniseMeance
            jsaimd Jan 28, 2008 02:52 PM

            Our TJs said that they had found another supplier through Thailand, and they would be reintroducing it soon. Or so the grapevine there said..

          2. briaberger Aug 8, 2007 05:30 AM

            I love their edamame. I boil in salted water. Do you shell first? I'd think microwaving would make the shells super tough.

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              Loren3 Jun 20, 2007 07:57 AM

              You'll find frozen edamame at Costco and at Asian grocery stores as well. I prefer the Costco to TJs.

              I cover them with water and microwave for about 3 minutes. You could do it a bit less if you like them a bit firmer. Too much more and they'll get limp.

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              1. re: Loren3
                KevinB Jan 31, 2008 08:55 PM

                Yep, my wife picked up "Peggy's Premium" frozen edamame at Costco. A few minutes in the nuker, and they're ready to go: I don't even add water, just poke a few holes in the plastic. Add a little garlic salt, and they're fantastic!

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                sweetnspicy Jun 16, 2007 01:21 PM

                I like to blanch!! I like to have a bit of firmness to my edamame. I boil in salted water for 3-4 minutes then in cold water for 1 min.! Lemon and sea salt!!

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                  makecake Jun 15, 2007 09:22 PM

                  Trader Joe's has a new product..it's cooked frozen edamame I guess u'd call it...u let it thaw for a few minutes and you peel open the pods and eat the beans inside like popcorn..it is lightly salted. It's pretty addictive

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                  1. re: makecake
                    Cathy Jun 16, 2007 11:44 AM

                    The "soycatash" (frozen 1 lb bags at TJ's) is edamame and corn and you can nuke that or stir fry in a pan quickly and those edamame taste great.

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                      lucyis Jan 28, 2008 04:01 PM

                      Love this product...make it all the time instead of potatoes and it tastes great plus it is so nutritious!

                  2. Midlife Jun 15, 2007 08:14 PM

                    Far as I know they still sell edamame - large bag frozen. I think you're supposed to boil them. I'd think microwave would not be best. Kosher salt is good on them though my BH likes them plain.

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                    1. re: Midlife
                      mlgb Jun 15, 2007 08:29 PM

                      The bag says to boil them for 5 minutes, but I don't know why you couldn't do that in the microwave also.

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                        Midlife Jun 15, 2007 08:34 PM

                        I find that microwaving tends to break down structure in things and boiling is more gentle.. It's certainly worth a try, but I'd be concerned the shells would be rather limp.

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                          Emme Jun 16, 2007 01:55 AM

                          I always make these in the microwave, then toss with a little seasoned vinegar and salt. Never a problem.

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