Fresh green beans

@ravinskye (8242)
United States
August 5, 2008 8:42am CST
My neighbor just gave me a big bag of fresh green beans. What in the world do I do with them? lol. What is the best way to cook them? Should I just snap them into pieces and steam them? What do you do with your fresh green beans from your garden?
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
5 Aug 08
It takes awhile to cook fresh green beans, depending on your altitude, but rinse and snap them, no matter what you're going to use them for. If you cook them in boiling water, you can use them just like canned green beans. If you want to freeze them, put them in boiling water for three minutes (wait for the water to return to a boil after adding the beans before you start timing), then drain and cool by running cold water over them for a few seconds. Package in a freezer container and freeze immediately. My favorite way to use them is to cook them with a piece of ham or bacon and cut up potatoes. The potatoes and green beans cook at about the same rate.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Thanks! Ham, green beans and potatoes sounds really good. I wish I had some ham. I've decided to steam them and I'm going to make a garlic cream sauce for over them.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
5 Aug 08
My parents just gave me a big bag of green beans too. I froze some. I steamed some and tossed with garlic, olive, oil, and salt. I also stir fried some with other veggies, garlic, and soy sauce. I cut up a bunch and added to veggie stew. My mom steams them and adds to a cucumber and tomato salad...it's very good that way too.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
5 Aug 08
That sounds really good with garlic. i'll have to give it a try.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Hi ravinskye, I can saute them with onion, garlic, little beef and if you have squash, I can add it too! I do know if you have tried that but that is very common in our Country!
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
5 Aug 08
That sounds really good. I actually do have a big squash she gave me too!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I just had some fresh green beans from my sisters garden a few days ago. I just washed them, snapped them, and tossed them in a microwave steam bag and microwaved them for about 4 minutes. They came out prefect. The baby loved them just like that too. No butter, no salt, no nothing added.
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6 Aug 08
I don't really eat them but my husband does and I think you can steam or boil them! x
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• United States
6 Aug 08
I like to cook fresh green beans in my crockpot. Last week I made some with some new potatoes, chopped onion, smoked sausage, and a little bit of salt. I let it cook on high for a few hours in the crockpot. Then I turned it down to low for another few hours. Yummmmm.
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• United States
5 Aug 08
You might try putting a little olive oil or butter in a pan, caramelize some onions,quickly saute the beans so they retain their crispness, and toss in either sliced almonds or pecans. They're also great if you put either balsamic vinegar, mango puree, crushed pineapple or crushed peaches in the bottom of a pan, and reduce them until they're a rather thick sauce. Eithr steam or flash-fry the beans and toss them in the caramelized reduction until they're coated.. yumm. Enjoy!
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@ruby222 (4848)
5 Aug 08
I am presuming they are runner/kidney beans..well firstly you need to string them,and that means running the knife down the side of each bean and taking the stringy edges off,then whip the tops and tails off,then the bean is ready to slice,slice them diagonally,so that you will end up with slivers of bean..put some water into a pan,and bring it to the boil.add a pinch or two of salt,and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda(this helps the beans stay green when they cook)..when the water has boiled then tip the beans in ,and bring them back to the boil,then turn the heat down a ittle bit,then cook until the beans are tender...drain them,and add a little butter to the pan just to glaze the cooked beans,and also add a touch of pepper,..they are delicious!!
• United States
5 Aug 08
One of my favorite things to do with green beans is to snap them in half, toss them in a crockpot with some water; when the beens are almost done, mix in powdered cheese and let the dish finish cooking. It's not the healthiest dish in the world, but it is definitely tasty. You can also cook carrots, potatoes and/or onions with the beans and do that. It is a good way to use up excess veggies.
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@AbbeyB (670)
• Spain
1 Sep 08
Blanch them and freeze them and then you can have them anytime, green beans are yummy steamed and with butter on.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Aug 08
I'm pretty boring. I just boil them and put in a little butter.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Aug 08
fresh green beans are delicious. here is the way i do mine. break both ends off & then break the beans into whatever size u want. put them a pot w/a lid. add salt pepper & little sugar. i use fried meat grease to season them. you can add ham or bacom instead but it takes quit abit of grease. know they say that's not good for you but it sure does make those beans good. i always put a chunk of onion in mine & after they cook awhile iput potatoes on top. it doesn't take a whole lot of water. cook them down real low & u have something good for supper.