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Old 05-04-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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Can I just saute green beans?

If I have fresh green beans, do I need to blanch them first or can I just saute them?

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Old 05-04-2008, 02:33 PM   #2
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You should blanch them in boiling salted water for a few minutes before sauteeing them, crankin.
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Old 05-04-2008, 02:51 PM   #3
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To me it depends upon the thickness of the beans. If they are small, or I have cut them the long way as in Frenching, sure. If they are thicker, them parboiling will make them more tender.
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:03 PM   #4
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I always start mine in some water and with a lid on the pot, sort of half boiling, half steaming them for 10-15 minutes (with salt and a little pepper), then I drain them, add oil and saute them. I'll add more seasoning or slivered almonds if I'm in the mood. I like my veggies on the soft side, though. I do the same with broccoli, too, though I don't steam nearly as long.
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:18 PM   #5
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I usually give them a couple of minutes (maybe 5) in boiling salted water, plunge them into an ice bathe, then saute them in garlic infused olive oil.
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:24 PM   #6
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lyndalou, is there a difference between adding garlic to the oil while it's cooking and garlic infused oil? Is infused when you put the cloves right in the oil bottle and let them sit?

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Old 05-04-2008, 04:39 PM   #7
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We grow allot of green beans here on the farm. When we are going to just sauté them we just rinse and pat dry then cook in olive oil and garlic we do not blanch first and they come out great. But this is just how we do it. Everyone has a different way that works for them. Thanks Digger
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:19 PM   #8
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I've never heard of having to blanch green beans before you saute them.

"Boiling, steaming or microwaving are popular ways to prepare beans. Stir-frying preserves the best qualities of the fresh bean. Whatever cooking method you choose, remember to cook beans as little as possible using the smallest amount of water as possible.
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:35 PM   #9
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just as an aside: you should blanch you green beans before freezing them to retard the ongoing enzyme breakdown, too
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:40 PM   #10
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If I have fresh green beans, do I need to blanch them first or can I just saute them?
Instead of boiling a seperate pot of water, put some water in your pan and blanch them there. When done, strain through a sieve, return the pan to the stove (already warm) and saute the beans.

After a second or two, any residual water will evaporate from the pan. Then you can add the oil or butter or whatever.
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