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Easy Way to String Green Beans and Slow Cook Them

Before I accidentally discovered this amazing trick that I'm going to share with you this morning, I would get so frustrated trying to string green beans. More than half of the time, I either would not be able to pull the strings off at all or the string would break before I reached the other end of the bean. For a reason I can't remember, after washing the green beans, I did what I'm telling you below, and I was able to string my green beans with ease. It was amazing! 

  1. Put green beans in a bowl of water.
  2. Place the bowl of green beans in the fridge overnight.
  3. The next day, the strings are easy to pull off the green beans. 
If you have plenty of green beans to string, you'll want to remove about a handful from the cold water at a time - and place the green beans remaining in the water back into the fridge so the beans won't get warm before you finish stringing them. In other words, the strings pull off better when they are colder. And the beans break better, too, if you want your bean pods to be shorter for cooking.


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After cleaning and breaking the beans, you're ready to cook them. They are best when cooked on the high setting in a crockpot (slow cooker) for at least 5 hours. You should have a mess of green beans equal to about 3 or 4 cups.
  1. Place the green beans in your slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt over the green beans to season them as they cook.
  3. Pour water over the green beans (water should be slightly above the green beans).
  4. Mix the green beans and the salt.
  5. Turn the slow cooker setting to 'high'. 
  6. In 5 hours, the green beans will be ready. 
Hint: You can use the 'low' setting on the slow cooker if you want to cook the beans for more than 5 hours. You can also remove the beans after 5 hours and reheat on the stovetop if you're pre-cooking them for a meal later in the week.

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God bless you,

Patricia


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