How do I count that?

During the business portion of my trip to California last month I tried a few new foods.  One of the ones I tried and really liked was edamame!  I liked it enough that I actually bought some when I got home and I was anxious to cook it up and go to town!

But once I opened the bag and tried measuring a serving out, I ran into trouble.

edemame on a plateOn the label it said one serving is 1/2 cup, but it was marked with a couple of asterisks.  I followed the asterisks to a message that read “measured for the edible portion only”.

Alright, so it sounds like I am to measure the bean, not including the shells or “bean pods”.  How the heck do I do that?  This is just like shelled peanuts, which I don’t know how to count either!  Arg!

Here’s what I want to do.  I want to prepare a serving size or two, then eat.

I don’t want to prepare a bunch, then seperate the edamame from the shells, then measure the separated edamame into labeled servings, then eat.

How the heck do I measure this stuff (BEFORE cooking)?

I need some support from you kitchen heads out there…

P.S. – how cool was it that Lee Ann also mentioned edamame recently?  I took that as “a sign” that I was eating something good for me.  I didn’t even know they came unshelled!  But I find that I like splitting and seperating them as I eat.  It’s part of the experience.

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11 thoughts on “How do I count that?

  1. I don’t know about edamame but I have faced that problem many times. I hate when a package gives the serving size before cooking it or they says 1/8 of the dry package!!! I mean come on, could you possibly make it more difficult for us!!!
    An example that comes to mind…. cake. They say 1/8 of the dry mix. Well honestly, I don’t think that Tristan would like me to give me dry cake mix!!!!! LOL

  2. I do the same as Sara and really don’t count them unless I am eating a lot of them. I love edamame- my kids do too! Sam’s sells a bunch of individual packs frozen (in the shells) that are the perfect amount and requires no bolus at all. (salt optional) yum! they are great on salads too!

  3. Edamame rock.
    I think of them as healthy potato chips (essentially, a salt vehicle).
    My suggestion is the same as what Zazzy suggested: count it out once, and write it down for later (although honestly, I do what Sara does — I don’t count for them (mostly out of laziness)).

  4. I can’t answer your question, but I guess I’ll have to try those. I think I had them one time on a salad, but I am not sure. I’ve heard much about them recently so I guess I have to try them. I can be a bit of a picky eater myself…like I never woulda tried brussel sprouts…uh-unh.

  5. According to CalorieKing, the yield from 10 pods is 2.2g carbs and 29 calories – I’d say that’s a fairly good place to start. I run into stuff like this all the time and my method is to figure it out _once_. Cook the things and take them out of their pods and measure until you have the volume you want. Count the pods and write it down for the future!
    I haven’t tried edamame yet but it’s on my list! I am, btw, a big fan of those ziploc steamer bags for veggies.

  6. I love edamame! Here’s my technique:
    Buy them frozen in the pod. Put some in a covered dish and microwave for a few minutes. The ice from being frozen makes them almost steam in the dish. When they come out pour a little salt on them and shake them around a little. Then when you eat them you snap them out of the pod with your teeth like snap peas (eww George! Why would you eat the whole thing?!?!)
    The brand I have in the freezer right now is 9 carbs for 1/2 a cup BUT 5 of that is fiber. So , you know what I do? I DON’T count them at all! 😛

  7. I’m just beginning to read your blogs – you are hysterical. I blog at No Sugar Needed, my daughter was diagnosed at age 5 (she is now 11). I actually found your blog through Jill at Diabetes Sweeties. I’m looking forward to your future entries.

  8. I laughed very heartily at your PS, LOL! I agree, it’s definitely a better experience to eat from the pod. Last time I had them like that was at a restaurant, and the pods had sea salt on them. So good even though I shouldn’t eat things with salt on them like that because of the sodium. Measuring them while they’re still in the pod is next to impossible though 🙁

  9. Dude, I have no clue how to measure it. I thought the whole thing was edible! Shows you what I know but that is cool man. There are so many good things out there you just gotta try um. I mean, if they are nasty then be done with it but it’s probably time to check out some old things you may have rejected in the past.
    I used to hate HATE broccoli and now I cannot get enough of it.