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The Okra Cutting Trick That Eliminates Sliminess
By Nico Danilovich
Okra’s sliminess binds oil and water together, making it the perfect thickener for soups, curries, and stews like gumbo.
However, if you’re not a fan of its sticky texture, you can easily get rid of the slime by cutting them into strips instead of
the usual round slices.
More specifically, cut okra like you would dice an onion, with the top kept on so that it holds the strips and prevents any mess.
Carefully make your incisions lengthwise toward the cap of the okra, rotate the okra approximately a fourth of the way, and repeat.
Once you've completed a full spin, cut off the top and let all the goo flow out. Finally, after washing your sticky knife and cutting board, cook the okra however you see fit.
However, keep in mind that chopping and piercing okra in this way still releases the vegetable's slime. So, even chopped okra can end up slimy once cooked in water.