The Basics: Green Beans

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The Technique

Green Beans

Green beans offer valuable benefits nutritionally. An excellent source of fiber & vitamin C, they are low in calories & carbohydrates. When choosing them for purchase, look for blemish free beans with bright color & reject those not up to standard. Since green beans offer lovely color on the plate, they are an ideal vegetable to serve with a variety of main dish entrees for holiday entertaining such as Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin & Apple-Bourbon Herb Roasted Turkey or when tempting steaks including ribeyes, New York strip, top sirloin & t-bones are planned anytime. Blanching them in boiling water is a procedure that prepares them in advance for a variety of side dishes such as Lemon-Dill Green Beans & Butter Pecan Green Beans, however they must be snapped first. Learn this so simple technique. 

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How To Snap Green Beans

Often times referred to as string beans, French beans, snap beans & haricot verts, green beans come in a variety of colors including yellow & purple. They may be prepared so many different ways & take strong ingredients such as shallots & garlic well. Snapping the ends is a simple procedure that will ready them for tempting side dish & salad applications. 

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In order to the prepare the green beans for the blanching process, they must be snapped. Hold the bean in one hand & remove the portion of the tip that originally was attached to the vine. The string part of the beans can sometimes be tough once they are cooked so it’s important to remove any that easily appear during the snapping process. As you snap the tip away, pull the portion in a downward motion to remove them. If the beans are young, a chef knife may be used to cut away several tips at a time which also gives them a clean look.

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