How to prepare green beans

How to prepare green beans
Here's how to turn freshly bought (or picked) green beans into ready-to-use vegetables.
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Last modified on: August 11th 2023

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For 450 g, you will need:
  • 1 green beans 500 g green beans
  • Total weight: 500 grams

Change these quantities to make: 150 g 225 g 450 g 900 g 1 kg 350 g
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Stage 1
How to prepare green beans
Green beans are all good...

Stage 2
How to prepare green beans
...except for the two ends or tips, which have to be removed - that's the whole job of preparing them.

There are 2 methods for achieving this.

Stage 3
How to prepare green beans

The "old-fashioned" way

Take each bean in your hand, then with the other hand break off the tip by bending it, throw it away, then do the same with the other tip.

Stage 4
How to prepare green beans
To obtain a bean like this.

This is the procedure when dealing with stringy beans, and breaking the tip by hand also removes the threads.
No secret, it's quite a long process...

Perhaps it's something you've already done, back in the day, at your grandmother's house?

Stage 5
How to prepare green beans

Quick method

With stringy beans all but extinct these days, a much quicker method is to take a small packet of beans...

Stage 6
How to prepare green beans
...and cutting off all the ends at once, on one side...

Stage 7
How to prepare green beans
...then the other.

Stage 8 - 20 min.
How to prepare green beans
Use the method of your choice for all the beans, and place them in a colander.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
How to prepare green beans
Then wash them, and your green beans are ready to cook.

Stage 10
How to prepare green beans


Cook the beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender.

Stage 11
How to prepare green beans
Drain and refresh under cold running water to stop cooking immediately.

Drain again carefully.

Stage 12
How to prepare green beans
You can then cut them into pieces (more or less small), depending on your recipe.

Stage 13
How to prepare green beans
If you intend to use them in a salad, I recommend drying them carefully in a tea towel beforehand, to remove any cooking water that might interfere with your salad dressing.

Alternatively, you can spin them.
You can prepare butter beans (yellow) in the same way.
A few days in the fridge, and can be frozen.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
190 Kcal or 795 Kj13 gr35 gr0 gr
10 %5 %3 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
38 Kcal or 159 Kj3 gr7 gr0 gr
2 %1 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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  • For 450 g : 2.00 €

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