In this cooking video, I show you how to blanch green beans.  It’s pretty much the same technique I use across most of my green vegetables; it’s very simple to do; and it helps ensure that you have bright green, properly cooked green beans.  Blanching green beans can also be a great time saver, as you can blanch the beans well ahead of when you actually need them, and then right before you’re ready to serve just give them a quick, 30 seconds cooking and you’re good to go.  I’ll use this technique anytime, I have a lot of cooking to do at the last minute.

How to Blanch Green Beans

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a strong boil
  • Clean the green beans by snapping off the ends – just a quarter inch or so
  • Boil the green beans in the water for about 2 minutes. You don’t want to fully cooked, or tender, but about 80% cooked
  • Drain the green beans out of the boiling water, and then put them into another bowl full of ice water to “Shock” them
  • The cold water will stop the cooking process and help set the bright green color
  • Wrap the green beans in a moist paper towel and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to use
  • When you’re ready to cook, just take them out and you can sauté, boil, steam, microwave, grill…just about anything in a fraction of the time it would take starting from raw
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