In this piece I’ll be going through some of the most popular methods used for green beans cooking. Although many people will serve this delicious legume with pasta, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use it for your own cooking as well. Of course, you could always make use of chickpeas instead, but they too lack flavor. Therefore, I suggest using Lima beans as an alternative. They are slightly sweeter and of course, much easier to digest. They make a great alternative to sweet potato.
To cook green beans, you first have to find some green beans. There are many different varieties, but I recommend either the Italian or the Spanish style. You can buy them canned or fresh. It’s important to ensure that the beans you use are of the finest quality. I always go for the dried kind, because not only do they retain a lot more of their original flavor, but they also retain much more of their nutrients.
When cooking green beans, you first have to soak them overnight in water. Drain them and let them drain even more overnight. When they are still damp, you can begin cooking them. Bring a medium heat to the pot and add the drained beans, cover for about 2 minutes. Check for doneness with a measuring cup and add more water if necessary.
When the green beans are ready, you can either cook them in your pressure cooker or in a regular kitchen frying pan. Both methods work great. I usually put about one-fourth cup of dry beans into my frying pan. Add about a teaspoon of cooking oil and turn the stove on to medium heat.
Allow the beans to cook undisturbed for about ten minutes until they are almost completely cooked. At that point, you can pick them out and put them onto a plate. If desired, you can steam the green beans at this point. The steam releases lots of nutrients, including vitamins A, C and E and is healthy for you. Just make sure not to over cook them.
You may find that the green beans are a bit bitter at this point. Don’t be afraid to drink some more of the vinegar and seasonings to sweeten them up. Once they are sweet enough, add them to your next dish and enjoy them. They will definitely add a lot to the flavor.
When it comes to green beans cooking, the number one tip is to keep them warm. Keep them in the pot of hot water that you steeped them in overnight. Bring them to a boil, add some salt and let them sit for about twenty minutes. Then, strain off the soaking liquid and serve hot. This will bring out the most delicious flavor.
Always use high quality green beans. Look for high grade dried beans rather than instant ones. They will last longer and retain much of their original flavor. You should also rinse green beans well to get rid of any remaining bugs and enzymes. Finally, store them in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Another way to make green beans cooking easier is to soak them overnight. Remove the skins and leave the insides moist. Bring them to a boil and then drain off the soaking water. Put the cooked beans in a colander to absorb the liquid.
The beans should be able to hold their shape as they are cooked. If they are not cooked evenly, it is likely that the cook is over boiling the beans. Add sugar to taste and serve warm. You can also substitute red or green beans instead of the usual dried.
You can buy dried green beans at any supermarket. They will be in the produce section. Just be sure to read the labels carefully. Many products on the produce section are mislabeled and not as healthy as they might seem. Since green beans are rich in nutrients, purchasing them in a jar from a health food store is the best bet.
There are many ways to enjoy your green beans. Try roasting them with other dishes. Serve them with pasta or a hamburger. They are also good in stews and soups.