My friends, I am here today to encourage you, to inspire you, or just plain amuse you.
This is a story about beans. Green Beans. I share it to put my culinary skills into perspective as I jumped into this new fresh lifestyle.
Open the can, dump them in a bowl and microwave for about two minutes. I was an expert. I was sure to check off that “green vegetable” requirement on the night’s dinner menu.
I had never in my life bought fresh green beans. Frozen, yes…when they were on sale.
Now that I’ve been expanding my horizons in my food and cooking experiences, I’ve been exploring the produce section more…getting more daring, taking on new things. I used to love checking out the clearance bakery rack and cashing in on bargains. But now I choose to stay away from the supermarket bakery items. So instead, I now excitedly scan the clearance produce rack for deals. One day a few weeks ago, I was excited to find a 4lb bag of green beans for around $2. I had no idea how much the going rate was for green beans, but they must be a deal if they are on the rack. Plus it was certainly more beans that I’d get in a couple cans of beans for $2, so I considered it a bargain. Score.
I went home with my beans. And then I began to realize I didn’t know exactly what to do with them. I would surely freeze some since we wouldn’t eat 4lbs of beans before they went bad, especially considering they had been demoted to the quick sale rack. So, if I wanted to freeze them, do I just put them in a zip lock bag and that’s it? I wasn’t sure, so I did what I do any time I have questions in the kitchen. I called Grandma.
Grandma said yep, just putting them in a bag would be fine. Ok, now I knew I needed to snap the ends off or something. I gave it a shot…Snap (tip)!, Snap (butt)! Well those beans looked rather large compared to my canned variety. So, it was call #2 to Grandma: “Do I just need to snap off the ends? They are pretty big. Do I have to snap them more? Can I leave them long?” She assured me to snap off both ends and they are ok whatever length I prefer.
So I was underway snapping. Snap! Snap! Snap! Oh my, this is hard on my hands. Do I really need to snap these by hand? Can I use scissors? I’ve always been told not to cut lettuce because it browns it or something. There must be a reason people do this snapping stuff by hand. Maybe cutting it will do something bad to the bean. But as I looked at that huge 4lb pile of beans I knew my hands were going to be in pain and it was going to take forever. So, it was call #3 to Grandma. This time I was greeted by chuckling and a “now what?”.
She assured me I could cut them with a knife, scissors or whatever I preferred.
So, now I happily proceeded with my kitchen scissors. Snip! Snip! Snip!
After a little time, I had my beans ready for the freezer and a big pile of clippings for my veggie stock pile.
That night I steamed a helping of my fresh beans. WOW! So that’s what green beans really taste like?! I was in LOVE! All that work was worth it after all. Those were some of the best green beans I have ever eaten. Except for Grandma’s that is. It will be a desperate, need to do some shopping, barricaded in the house by snow storm kind day before I cook canned beans again.