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How to Cook Fresh Green Beans

Fresh Green Beans

You have some fresh green beans and no idea what to do with them? No matter what time of year it is, you can prepare and cook fresh green beans, also known as string beans and snap beans, although their peak season is from May to October. Here are some ideas how to cook fresh green beans.

Whatever way you choose to prepare the beans, you first need to carefully wash them in clear, cool water and rinse again to make sure all the dirt is washed off. As you wash them for the second time cut off the top and the tail ends.

Now you can leave them whole, or cut them into desired lengths crosswise, diagonally or French-cut. If you want them to be sweet and crispy cut them as little as possible. Older, more mature green beans are better cut in the French style, in half lengthwise, running the knife down the flat part between the seams of the bean.

Whenever you can, prepare smaller amounts of green beans, they have a better taste, and if you have to prepare more than four cups, use separate pans.

There are many ways to prepare green beans, for example you can boil them, steam them or put them in the oven.  If you want to preserve as many vitamins as possible, it’s best to stir-fry them, or in any case cook them as little as possible in the smallest amount of water as possible, to keep vitamin A and potassium. It goes well with dill, garlic, cumin, and tarragon.

Fresh Green Bean Recipes

Green Bean Recipes

Take 1 lb. of fresh green beans and cut them into about 1 inch pieces. Chop 1 bell pepper and 1 onion and stir-fry in oil. Add stewed tomatoes, about 1/2 can of water, 1/2 c. longhorn cheese and seasonings to taste (oregano, pepper, cumin, and salt). Simmer until tender.

When you want to boil them, put them into boiling water and cook at medium-high heat for about five minutes, until they are crispy. If you want to steam them, get a saucepan just large enough to hold the steamer basket with the green beans tightly covered, add one-inch of water, bring to the boil, and cover the pan tightly. The beans will be ready after boiling for about 5 minutes at moderate heat.

You can prepare tasty salads with cooked green beans. Here is one easy to make recipe with chicken.

Take a salad bowl and mix 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken, two cups of cooked beans and 1/4 of a cup of sliced green onions. Take another small bowl or a blender and blend 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of mustard, 2 minced garlic cloves, and some mayonnaise. Add a little pepper and mix with chicken mixture and your salad is finished. It can be served with lettuce leaves.

Green beans also go well with potatoes, and there are numerous recipes with these two in combination. One way to prepare them is to cook fresh green beans with some red potatoes in salty water together with slices of smoked bacon. It’s delicious!

Or you can boil about 8 new potatoes in their jackets, peel, cut up and mix with 1lb. of cooked and drained green beans. Brown onion in oil and pour over potatoes and beans and eat hot, or add 1 tablespoon of vinegar, chill and eat as a salad.

You can also try to cook green beans in a regular oven or in the microwave oven. First put the beans and two tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap with a small corner open to prevent the plastic wrap to shrink-wrap itself to the beans, and leave them for about 4 minutes.

Or preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, mix 1 1/2 pounds of green beans, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt and  1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, and spread out evenly on the baking sheet. Roast for about 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until lightly caramelized and crisp tender. Prepared this way, you can serve it with salmon, lemon and rosemary.

Now that you know how to cook fresh green beans, all there is left for you to do is try one of the recipes we suggested above  and enjoy.

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