6 hours ago, Smithy said:
I love the flavor of tamarind, but found dealing with those pods to be a great deal of trouble. Maybe I didn't have truly fresh pods, or maybe my technique was poor. How do you use / work with them?
It is possible your tamarind isn't so fresh. I find dealing with them no trouble whatsoever. I just crack the brittle shells and discard them then peel off the strings. Then, I simply pop the flesh into my mouth and suck it away from the seeds. (The seeds are not edible in their raw state but can be roasted and eaten, not that I've ever done that.)