Blanched Green Beans
Rinse green beans and
snap off ends. Make sure all the pieces are similar in length so they cook evenly. For about 1 lb. of green beans bring 1 gallon of (16 cups) of water to a boil. Add one tablespoon of salt. Plunge the green beans into the boiling water. Let boil for at least 3 minutes. Depending on the size of the green beans this should be 3-5 minutes. Check for doneness. Immediately drain the green beans in a
colander and plunge them into ice cold water to bring the temperature down. Drain/dry the beans well before using.
A rule of thumb is the beans should spend as much time in the cold water as in the hot.
Use about 1 gallon of water per 1 lb. of green beans.
Add one teaspoon per quart (4 cups) of water used.
1 lb. of trimmed green beans - cooked - yields about 2 cups (raw - 3 cups). Depending on the size of your servings it will serve 2 (1 cup servings) or 4 (1/2 cup servings)