The Basics: Fresh Butter Beans

The Basics. Butter Beans By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick A culinary & Entertaining Brand Cooking & Baking Tutorials TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Game Day Tailgating Southern Hostess Southern Entertaining Summer Parties Birmingham AlabamaCooking Essentials

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Fresh Butter Beans

There’s nothing quite like truly savoring summer than by preparing a few recipes featuring freshly shelled beans. Although available at farm stands & markets, they sometimes get overlooked as many may not know what to do with them. Butter beans start making an appearance early in the summer & can be purchased out of their pods & ready to cook. The most traditional way to prepare them is by simmering the butter beans in water approximately 20 minutes until tender with a bit of salt, pepper & maybe a ham hock then tossing them with butter for added richness. More updated flavor combinations may include a sprig or two of thyme or a combination of freshly snipped herbs from the garden. However, I prefer to cook them until toothsome tender & season the butter beans in a simple vinaigrette. They add wonderful texture to salads & pair beautifully with a myriad of other seasonal vegetables at their peak. Learn how to prepare butter beans for a variety of warm & cold recipe applications.

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How To Cook Butter Beans Crisp, Tender For Recipe Applications

Butter beans make a lovely side dish in their own right or they can be added to soups & salads. In order to determine if they are ready, the best method is to simply taste them. When a more updated approach to serving them is desired, they shouldn’t be too firm nor too soft. Use your personal preference as a guide.

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makes 3 cups

Sometimes referred to as lima beans, there’s actually must great debate as to whether they’re the same but markets may label them either way. The main takeaway is that they can be used interchangeably in recipes.

6 cups water
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 lb fresh butter beans, rinsed

Bring the water & the salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Add the beans & cook 12 minutes or until toothsome tender. Drain all of the cooking liquid from the beans. For cold recipe applications, rinse the cooked butter beans under cool water & plunge them in a bowl of ice water to immediately stop the cooking process. Use as directed in specific recipe applications.

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