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Storing Fresh Green Beans



 
 
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Old 18-11-2003, 01:48 AM
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What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the Fridge
but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...


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Old 18-11-2003, 02:03 AM
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levelwave wrote:
What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the Fridge
but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...


Just store the green beans the same way your grocery does.
In a cool dry area, such as a paper bag on top of your counter.
If you need to store the beans for longer than two or three days,
blanch them in boiling water, then freeze them.

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Old 18-11-2003, 02:12 AM
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What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the Fridge
but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...


~john!


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Old 18-11-2003, 06:55 AM
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levelwave wrote:

What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the Fridge
but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...

~john!

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away...



Blanch and freeze....

K.


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Old 18-11-2003, 07:25 AM
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Katra wrote in
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levelwave wrote:

What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the
Fridge but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...

~john!


How do you store them in the fridge? I've never had a problem storing
fresh green beans in the fridge, either unwashed and whole or washed and
prepped for cooking. I make sure they're thoroughly dried, then store
in a pastic bag with most of the air removed. They keep for days, as
long as a week, before any hint of spoilage.

Wayne


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Blanch and freeze....

K.



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Old 18-11-2003, 07:44 AM
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:

How do you store them in the fridge? I've never had a problem storing
fresh green beans in the fridge, either unwashed and whole or washed and
prepped for cooking. I make sure they're thoroughly dried, then store
in a pastic bag with most of the air removed. They keep for days, as
long as a week, before any hint of spoilage.



I just placed them in the fridge still in the produce bag from the
supermarket... not exactly air tight... Fresh Green Beans is something
fairly new to my diet...

~john!


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Old 18-11-2003, 08:00 AM
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:

Katra wrote in
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levelwave wrote:

What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the
Fridge but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...

~john!


How do you store them in the fridge? I've never had a problem storing
fresh green beans in the fridge, either unwashed and whole or washed and
prepped for cooking. I make sure they're thoroughly dried, then store
in a pastic bag with most of the air removed. They keep for days, as
long as a week, before any hint of spoilage.

Wayne


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What was it like to see - the face of your own stability - suddenly
look away...



Blanch and freeze....

K.



I usually store them in an open collander and they keep for about 5 to 7
days. When it comes to fresh produce, I try not to buy more than I can
use in one week. :-)

I have wicker baskets that I store most of my fresh fruit and produce
in, including ginger and lemons. Ginger keeps for about 4 weeks.

I have a 40 cubic ft. Hobart unit tho' that is very, very stable at 38
to 40 degrees. Double glass doors and the whole bit. It's on the
enclosed sun porch.

I got it for free when our lab bought new refrigerators! Had a hell of a
time bringing it home and installing it, and it's about 20 years old so
have sunk about $600.00 into it in repairs in 3 years, but considering
it's worth around $3,000.00, it is money well spent. :-) I think it's
good to go now for awhile since they did a dye test and found the last
freon leak...

God I love that refrigerator! LOL!

It's amusing, I lusted after that refrigerator for years, and never,
EVER imagined I'd end up owning it! It was in the micro' section tho' so
when I got it home, I sprayed it inside and out with 10% bleach and
cleaned it well before using it...

One can never have too much refrigerator space. :-)

K.

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Old 18-11-2003, 08:02 AM
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levelwave wrote:

Wayne Boatwright wrote:

How do you store them in the fridge? I've never had a problem storing
fresh green beans in the fridge, either unwashed and whole or washed and
prepped for cooking. I make sure they're thoroughly dried, then store
in a pastic bag with most of the air removed. They keep for days, as
long as a week, before any hint of spoilage.


I just placed them in the fridge still in the produce bag from the
supermarket... not exactly air tight... Fresh Green Beans is something
fairly new to my diet...

~john!

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Try sautéing them in butter and olive oil with a sprinkling of sesame
seeds. :-)

K.

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Old 18-11-2003, 09:12 AM
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How long are we talking about storing them here? A week, a month, a
year?

If it's a week, then there's no problem so long as they are fresh. I
simply cut off the tops and bottoms and store them in the vegetable
crisper in the fridge in a special "green" plastic bag that promises
to keep fresh produce longer. It does so long as it isn't too long.

If it's a month - dont try to keep them in the ordinary fresh part of
the refrigerator. Use them and don't try to keep them.

If it's longer, here's a tip. Cut them up, blanch them and then snap
freeze. I find them simply awful done this way. They are soft and
limp and have no flavour.

What about salting them in the old-fashioned way? This method is
brilliant. Cut them up, blanch them and then put them in brine, and
seal them down. Eat as many or as few as you like and reseal.

You won't be disappointed.

Oh and the third way is to buy canned green beans. Ugh! But you
might like them.


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Old 18-11-2003, 10:37 AM
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"levelwave" wrote in message
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What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the Fridge
but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...


At what temp is your refrigerator set? I've never seen this happen with
fresh green beans. I have to forget about them for a week or more for that
to happen.

Jack Legumerational


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Old 18-11-2003, 01:33 PM
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"levelwave" wrote in message
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What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the Fridge
but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...



In that case I'd question how "fresh" they really were. I have stored green
beans for as long as a week in the fridge. They are not quit as fresh at the
end of the week but there is no spoilage as you describe.


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Old 18-11-2003, 01:50 PM
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levelwuss writes:

I just placed them in the fridge still in the produce bag from the
supermarket... not exactly air tight... Fresh Green Beans is something
fairly new to my diet...

You still haven't had a fresh green bean... if you bought em at a stupidmarket
they ain't fresh.


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Old 18-11-2003, 01:50 PM
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"levelwuss" wrote:

What's the best way to store Fresh Green Beans?... I've tried the Fridge
but they start turning brown and mushy in a matter of hours...


You're such a jerk... you never tasted a Fresh green bean.

You need to quit raiding your stupidmarket's produce department's dumpster...
btw, if they weren't picked within hours they ain't Fresh Green Beans...
stupidmarkets do not sell any fresh produce, NONE.... they only call it fresh
as averse to canned/frozen. PS Frozen is more nutritious than stupidmarket
'fresh', so is canned.

The best way to long-term store green beans is in a jar, pickled... use ONLY
FRESH green beans (picked that day).

http://www.picklenet.com/sections/ca...orld/beans.htm

Pickled Green Beans

This pickle is lovely and sweet, and can be served as an hors d'oeuvre with egg
mayonnaise and a sprig of dill. Fills approx. 2 x 600ml jars.

convert measurements
675 g green beans
3 tsp pickling spice
3 tsp black peppercorns
1 litre white wine vinegar
75 g sugar
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove
1 onion
1 red capsicum
a few sprigs of dill

1. Trim the beans and cut into 7 cm lengths. Boil in a pan of water for 1
minute. Drain and rinde thoroughly, and dry with kitchen paper.

2. Put the pickling spice and peppercorns onto apiece of muslin, and tie up
into a bag with a piece of string. Tie the bag to the handle of a large
saucepan. Put the vinegar, sugar, bay leaf and garlic clove into the saucepan.

3. Stir the mixture over a low heat, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to
the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Then remove the muslin bag, bay leaf and
garlic clove. Leave to cool.

4. Peel and dice the onion. Core, seed and dice the capsicum. Mix both
together.

5. Pack the beans into sterilized jars so that they are upright. Spoon in the
onion and capsicum mixture. Add 2 sprigs of dill to each jar, and pour over the
vinegar mixture, so that the vegetables are well covered.

6. Seal jars firmly. Store in a cool dark place for at least 2 weeks, to allow
flavours to develop.
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Old 18-11-2003, 02:39 PM
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PENMART01 wrote:

levelwuss writes:

I just placed them in the fridge still in the produce bag from the
supermarket... not exactly air tight... Fresh Green Beans is something
fairly new to my diet...

You still haven't had a fresh green bean... if you bought em at a stupidmarket
they ain't fresh.

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Sheldon
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Sheldon actually has a good point here. ;-)

I grow green beans in the garden every single year as they are prolific,
easy to grow and there is nothing like cooking them the same morning
that you pick them off the vines!

My favorite are the yard long variety, and this year I grew a purple
variety that was quite good. There are a few of those left on the vines
right now, but I'm letting them go to seed for next springs planting.

I like to steam them lightly and serve with lemon butter, or sautee in
butter and olive oil with sesame seeds. :-)

K

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