How To Prepare Fresh Green Beans

Oxmoor House
8 servings


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2 pounds fresh green beans
1/4 pound ham hock
1 teaspoon salt


To Snap: Do not wash beans before storing in refrigerator. When ready to use, break first one tip and then the other. Break into 1 1/2-inch lengths. Wash in cold water.

Note: Some varieties of green beans have strings which should be removed before snapping. After breaking the tips, use them to "unzip" the strings.

To Simmer: Place beans and cold water to cover in a saucepan; let stand for 10 minutes. Add ham hock and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 1 hour and 15 minutes or until beans are tender. For a real "down-home" flavor, cook beans an additional 2 hours.

Created date

February 2010