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Video:How to Cook Green Beans

with Rachel Edelman

Need more vegetables in your diet? Green beans are simple to prepare – learn how to boil and steam them and watch a simple recipe for green beans almandine.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cook Green Beans

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to prepare and cook fresh green beans.

Choosing Green Beans

First, you need to wash your green beans. At the store, look for beans with long pods that are firm, slightly shiny, and plump.

Cutting Green Beans

Cut off the tips of the beans. You can cook green beans whole or cut them into strips. You can cut straight across or at an angle. For a French cut, cut the bean lengthwise into two inch pieces.

Boiling Green Beans

Boil a quart of water or enough to cover your beans. Blanch the beans for 3 to 4 minutes. Blanching is an easy way to cook this vegetable. This will really bring out a bright green color. Although raw green beans are edible, it is recommended to cook them for easier digestion. Drain the beans into a colander, and rinse them with cold water to prevent overcooking.

Steaming Green Beans

Another way to cook green beans is to steam them. Place them on a steamer over 1 to 2 inches of boiling water and cover 2 to 3 minutes. The beans should be tender, but still have a crunch.

Green Bean Almandine

Now I'm going to make green bean almandine. First melt some butter in a pan. Then add some slivered almonds and sauté until the butter is slightly browned. Add cooked green beans into the pan. Remove from heat, gently toss the mixture and serve.

High in fiber, green beans are a great vegetable to add to any meal.

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