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Topic: Removing parchment from beans (3 msgs / 72 lines)
1) From: Paul Guncheon
Mahalo to all responding to my question about how to remove the
"parchment" from green beans. I shall continue to find a method
somewhere between the "machine that removes it" and "put them in a
burlap bag and whack them with a baseball bat" (a curious technique
that I can't see working... but I'll try it). The coffee grower
described a machine that seemed to be an largish Acme threaded rod
that thrust the beans against what he described as a "Surform" type
bladed surfaces which cut and scraped the parchment from the surface
of the ban. One can remove by picking at it with a fingernail (think
of peeling a hard-boiled egg.) but a bean at a time...?
I tried roasting beans with the parchment on once and essentially the
stuff nearly caught on fire... certainly a lot of smoke and ash. Think
of barbecuing a steak but first wrapping the steak in several layers
of newspaper.
Not a great metaphor but the spirit is there.
I have interest in the topic solely because of the the two aged trees
in the my yard that produce only a small amount of beans every year. I
like the idea of having a cup of coffee that is truly unique.
Aloha,
Paul
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2) From: mvivit
Hi, Paul...
Not sure how this will work for you, but it might be worth a try. When  
I was a teen we used the clothes dryer for a lot of non-clothes-drying  
chores. We'd put the items in a pillow case, tie it securely leaving  
room for the contents to beat around, then tie another string below  
the knot of the top, toss it in the dryer set to no heat and run it.  
We used it to remove the shells from dried beans, separate sunflower  
seeds, etc., and I've used something similar to loosen and remove the  
skins from hazelnuts.
Mary in chilly and sunny Utah
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3) From: Edward Bourgeois
I use a blender that I dulled the blades. Works great.
farm
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