To Shell and Clean: Break one tip, and "unzip" the string. Split the seam, preferably with a fingernail, and remove beans. Rinse in colander under cold running water.
To Simmer: Place beans, water, and salt in a medium saucepan; cover. Cook over medium heat 1 hour or until tender.
Serving Suggestions: Lima beans may be served with Drawn Butter or Lemon-Butter Sauce. Lima beans are also often served mixed with equal parts of hot cooked rice.