Green Beans

Green Bean Recipes

Green Beans are an excellent source of vitamins K,C and A. They provide manganese, potassium, folate, and iron and are a great source of dietary fiber and protein.

Storage, Handling, and Preparation Fresh green beans should last for about a week in your refrigerator. You can simply keep them in a dry perforated plastic bag in your crisper drawer. Wash beans in cold water just before use. They can be snapped, cut, or french cut (cutting the length of the bean)depending on how you plan to use them.

Stir frying green beans is the best way to keep most of their nutrients. Like all vegetables, the less you cook them the more valuable they become to your diet. If you boil them, you can reuse the water (in rice,etc.) to regain some of the lost nutrients. Green Beans are also great steamed or microwaved.

Freezing green beans is the fasted way to store them for the winter. You simply prepare them the way you will want to use them later. Blanch for 3 minutes in boiling water, let them cool in a ice water bath, and pack them in freezer bags or containers. Always bring your water back to a boil before starting a new batch.

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