How to String Beans, How to Snap Beans
How to String Beans
We love string beans. Along with broccoli, string beans are the number one vegetable at my house – every single one of the kids love them. Which means I’ve come up with about a thousand ways to fix them. I’ve boiled them, blanched them, sauteed them, roasted them, stir fried them…you get the picture.
When the farmer’s market is open here in town I love to pick up beans down there. Many of the green beans at the supermarkets are the ‘stringless’ varieties, and that’s ok if that’s all I can get. But when they’re in season I buy every type, color and variety I can get my hands on. Which means I’ve continued a family tradition that’s at least six generations now…snapping and stringing beans. I did it with my grandmother and she told me about doing it with HER grandmother. And now my kids do it with me.
You won’t often have to do anything to the supermarket stringless varieties but trim the ends. But if you have true string beans, pole beans or runner beans (all kinds of green beans), you’ll need to string them. It’s simple, and only takes a few minutes, and can be done ahead if you like. Here’s what you do.
Trim or ‘snap’ off just the smallest piece of each tip. If you twist it to one side, it’ll stay connected to the ‘string’ – the long fiber that runs down each side of the bean. Gently pull that string down until you reach the other end, and it’ll detach. Repeat on the ot
That’s all there is to it! So go scout your own local farmer’s markets and see how many varieties of beans you can find. You’ll be hooked!