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French Beans (Green Beans, Stringbeans, Blue Lake Beans, Kentucky Wonder Beans)

[French, green beans]
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French Beans Cut and Broken
[green beans]
Snip off ends ...
[green beans]
.. and break:
[green beans]

Basic Procedure

For three or four:
  • 3 Lb (1½ Kg) French beans
  • butter, nutmeg
  1. Wash beans well, with at least three changes of water;
  2. Snip off ends and snap beans through;
    (if a bean just bends and does not snap with a crack it's not very fresh: it may not have much taste)
  3. Put cut beans in a pan, cover with water, bring to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes
  4. Drain water from beans after 20 minues of cooking;
  5. Put a little butter on the beans and grate some nutmeg over the beans, and mix in.

Meal Preparation Schedule

For three or four
  • 3 Lb (1½ Kg) French beans
  • a little butter, freshly grated nutmeg
  • potatoes
  • eggs
  1. Wash beans, snip off ends, cut (this shouldn't take more than ten minutes);
  2. Peel potatoes, cut, wash, and put in pan with about 1 inch of water;
  3. Put beans in pan, cover with water, bring to a boil, lower heat and cook for 20 minutes;
  4. A few minutes after you started heating the beans, start heating the potatoes - bring to a boil, lower heat, cook for 17 minutes;
  5. Start baking eggs at 12 minutes before beans and potatoes are ready;
  6. When ready, drain potatoes, put back on medium-low-heat burner for two minutes;
  7. When ready, drain beans, add buter and grate some nutmeg over it.
You could also have these beans with rice and stewed tomatoes (see summer squash) instead of potatoes, or with meat instead of an egg.

French Beans Meal
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French beans
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mashed potatoes
fried egg
A seller at my local Farmers' Market recommended wrapping bunches of beans in paper towels before storing them in the refrigerator: the beans spoil because of moisture.

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