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How to Cook Green Beans Cottage Style

We thought we would do an article on how to cook green beans from the garden, your farmers market, or grocery store. At the Cottage, we love to grow our own food as much as possible and one thing we really enjoy growing is heirloom green beans. Not only do we grow them but we love to can them to use throughout the next year. It is so handy to have and really delicious.
 
Today we are just talking learning how to cook green beans though. If you are growing your own beans you want to pick them when they are young and tender. Do not wait or them to get too big or they can be tough and woody.  If you are getting them from the store or farmer’s market make sure they are fresh and not dried out at all. If they are frozen you are good to go and will not thaw out the beans but will cook them still frozen.
 
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Since we grow our beans we do a lot of canning. This is what we do to prepare our pre-canned beans. You can do the same with freezer beans from the market, just make sure to simmer them well.

Questions About How To Cook Green Beans

What Are Green Beans Good For?

Green beans are low in calories and a good source of vitamin C, fiber, folate and vitamin k.

 

This variety is an heirloom bean called Cherokee Trail of Tears and they are such a beautiful bean and very tasty. They were carried by the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears.

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What Can I Add To Green Beans To Add Flavor?

Sauteed onions, garlic, bacon, etc can be added to flavor your beans.

Are String Beans The Same As Green Beans?

They are called by several names green beans, snap beans or string beans. Beans typically come in two varieties pole and bush. Pole beans grow very tall and need a trellis. Bush beans are smaller and more compact. Beans can come in a regular or stringless variety. The string is on the vein of the sides of the beans and must be removed before cooking for a more enjoyable meal. 

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Can Green Beans Be Eaten Raw?

Yes. Make sure you wash them. They can be made into a crudite tray with other raw vegetables by blanching them briefly in boiling water and serving with a dip.

What you will need:

  • Pot
  • sharp knife
  • cutting board
  • hot pan holders
  • Long spoon for stirring

How To Cook Green Beans

Ingredients:

2 quarts (8 cups) of green beans
2 slices of uncured bacon
Onion diced
Garlic and Onion powder to taste
Pepper (to taste)
1 tsp. of raw sugar
Springwater or broth
 

Directions:

  • Cook several pieces of uncured bacon until crisp.  
  • Chop bacon and set aside. 
  • Dice up an onion and saute until tender and translucent in the bacon grease.
  • In a pot pour out 2 quarts of green beans.
  • Cover with water or chicken broth
  • Season and add sugar and bacon.
  • Simmer the beans tasting periodically to make sure seasonings are to your liking.
  • Serve when tender.
  • Enjoy!

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How to Cook Green Beans Cottage Style

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Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 quarts of green beans
  • 2 slices of uncured bacon
  • Onion diced
  • Himalayan Pink Salt (to taste)
  • Onion and garlic powder to taste
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. of raw sugar
  • Springwater or broth

Instructions

  1. Cook several pieces of uncured bacon until crisp.  
  2. Chop the bacon and set aside.
  3. Dice an onion.
  4. Put it in the grease from the bacon and sauté' until tender and translucent.
  5. In a pot pour out 2 quarts of green beans add water or broth.
  6. Season and add sugar and bacon.
  7. Simmer the beans tasting periodically to make sure seasonings are to your liking.
  8. Serve when tender.
  9. Enjoy!
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