The freshest of green
beans deserve the simplest presentation. A lot of people prefer their green beans
just blanched and served with salt, pepper and butter. This is the best way to
enjoy the taste of very fresh green beans. Some recipes, such as cold salads that
use green beans call for blanched greens beans.
Definition of blanch:
This term means to plunge foods into boiling water for a
few seconds or a few minutes, then remove and place in ice water. This process
sets the color of vegetables, lets you easily peel fruits, and slip the skins
off nuts. The food does not cook all the way through, so crisp texture is preserved.
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
A rule of
thumb is the beans should spend as much time in the cold water as in the hot.
about 1 gallon of water per 1 lb. of green beans.
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)