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Spruced-Up Canned Green Beans (Tastes Homemade!)

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Green beans with bacon and butter cooking in a cast iron skillet

Green beans with bacon and butter cooking in a cast iron skillet

Do You Love Homegrown Canned Green Beans?

I have loved homegrown canned green beans since I was a kid. My mom had a huge garden that we four kids would help water and harvest. When it came to green beans, we would help pick and snap the many bowls of green beans that were produced. I never liked that chore much, but I sure did like the results. We would eat green beans all summer, and Mom would can the rest in her pressure cooker. Green beans were thus plentiful all winter long. I don't think we ever ran out.

What a wonderful thing to be able to go into the pantry and grab a jar of homegrown green beans all winter long. To this day, my mom still grows and cans green beans. I sure look forward to having them when I visit. And lucky me, Mom often sends me a few jars of her bounty back home when I go to visit. Thanks, Mom!

Unfortunately, I have never grown enough green beans to can, as my mom did. Still, I have always cooked them, whether from fresh, frozen, or canned options. A few years ago, I came up with a method of cooking store-bought green beans that made them taste closer to my mom's homegrown canned green beans.

My method involves mixing store-bought canned green beans with the frozen ones. Once, when I was observed cooking my green bean this way, I was actually asked if there were a "method to my madness." "Yes," I replied, "there is."

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

Serves 7-8 people (1/2 cup servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 can green beans
  • 8 oz (or half package) green beans, frozen
  • 2 pieces bacon
  • 2-3 Tbs. butter
  • Cavendar's seasoning, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon on stove until partially cooked.
  2. Add frozen green beans. Then add can of green beans, including liquid.
  3. Bring mixture to boil and boil 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and let simmer ten minutes. Check and continue to check every five minutes. Add water if needed, but at least stir occasionally.
  5. Add cut-up tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, and Cavendar's, if you like that all-purpose spice.
  6. A taste test is the best way to tell if the green beans are finished. When the frozen ones have softened, changed color, and are starting to taste like the canned green beans, then the dish is about ready.

Mixing Frozen and Canned Green Beans

Frozen green beans retain much of their nutritional value, often more so than do the fresh version. Mixing them with a can of green beans complete with liquid gives them the necessary water in which they need to cook. Cooking the frozen ones along with the flavorful juice and beans of the canned version is a way I began to experiment.

The liquid from the canned green beans, along with a few spices, blends for a great flavor! As the green beans cook and the frozen ones soften, the different colors of the green beans start to slowly become similar in color.

Keep cooking the green beans until the water is practically gone and the beans are almost frying. Stir them around as the water is disappearing near the end of cooking.

I don't know if this method of cooking takes out some of the nutritional value, but I do know that it adds in the flavor. I've experimented with different spices, too but found that a few simple spices work well along with the butter and bacon. I mean, seriously, how can you go wrong with butter and bacon when it comes to flavor?

Over time, I have tweaked this mixture and experimented with the seasonings and am very happy with the results. My spruced-up store-bought green beans simulate my memories of home canned green beans that were picked fresh from the garden!

I love my specially made homemade green beans recipe served with my own fried chicken.

I love my specially made homemade green beans recipe served with my own fried chicken.

Interested in canning your own green beans? Here are the experts from Ball . . . .

Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on January 15, 2017:

Thanks, Effer! Happy 2017 to you, too! I'm hoping and praying for a good one! Miss you!!

Suzie from Carson City on December 26, 2016:

"Happy New Year, GF Vee!" Hope 2017 is the Best ever for you! Be happy & healthy always!! Love, Effer/Peula

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 26, 2016:

You're welcome, Margie! Sorry for the late response. Busy with holiday stuff! I do love green beans this way!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on November 12, 2016:

Thanks for the great tip Victoria!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 26, 2016:

You're welcome! I've used bacon bits, too! I sure do love green beans made this way. :-)

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on October 18, 2016:

Thanks for your tip! I have used real bacon bits when I do not have bacon!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 09, 2013:

Thanks, IslandBites. Glad you liked the hub. Much appreciated!

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on June 07, 2013:

Nice hub.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 21, 2012:

Thanks, Carol. This is how I always make green beans. I love them!

carol stanley from Arizona on October 21, 2012:

I think you did it..made the small can of greenbeans into a fine side dish. Great job and voted UP.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 19, 2012:

Yes, do let me know, Minnetonka Twin, if you try them! Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 17, 2012:

Saloca--You're welcome! Hope you try them!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 17, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan--Awesome! Glad to hear it may work for the whole family!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on August 16, 2012:

What a great idea-Who Knew?? I can't wait to try this. I didn't get my garden in this year, so I've been using canned green beans. I'll let you know what I think but I'm sure I'll love it.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 16, 2012:

catgypsy--Awesome! I hope you like them!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 16, 2012:

I hear ya, random! Bacon and butter--yummy!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 16, 2012:

Angela--Glad you approve! Good luck! :-)

Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on August 16, 2012:

Sounds like it's worth a try! Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell on August 16, 2012:

This is really useful for us. My daughter eats canned green beans like candy, but my husband and I are not so fond of them. This pleases all three of us!

catgypsy from the South on August 16, 2012:

Sounds good. I love green beans too and this will make them yummier. Thanks!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 15, 2012:

What doesn't taste better with bacon? Great recipe!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 15, 2012:

Cardisa--Fresh green beans are great, but this is a tasty alternative. Hope you're doing okay, girl. Thanks for stopping by.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 15, 2012:

pringoooals--I thought it worked out great!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 15, 2012:

Mhatter! worked for me! Thanks for the comment!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 15, 2012:

teaches--A person has to plant a lot of green bean plants to make very many. Thanks so much for the input and stars!

Angela Blair from Central Texas on August 15, 2012:

Definitely gonna try this one -- my Granny did something similar with fresh or canned green beans but didn't include the frozen ones -- that sounds like the clue to me. Thanks for a great recipe. Best/Sis

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 15, 2012:

Hey Vicki, I love green beans but I must admit I hat them canned or frozen, my fiancé does too, so I only cook them fresh. Cooking them with bacon is a new idea for me and I am sure I will love it.

Karina from Edinburgh on August 15, 2012:

It sound delicious. I must try it!I love beans and usually I buy frozen but the can for moisture sounds reasonable. Thanks for sharing

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 14, 2012:

You are welcome, sujithbeta! Hope you enjoy!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 14, 2012:

TT--I could add onions, too! thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 14, 2012:

Lady E--thanks for the 5 stars!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 14, 2012:

Thanks for the tip. We buy frozen... this should still work.

Dianna Mendez on August 14, 2012:

I agree that it is hard to find the fresh green beans to use in any recipe, and hard to grow at home. Your suggestion on combining frozen and canned works for me. Thanks for sharing -- voted up and 5 starred!

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 14, 2012:

Looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 14, 2012:

kelley--I LOVE green beans!!!!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 14, 2012:

Real--Bacon fat is great!!! I'm sure yours are delicious!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 14, 2012:

Yum! The only thing I would add would be fresh onions cuz I am an onion fiend! :) Great recipe, V!

Elena from London, UK on August 14, 2012:

It's a very healthy Recipe - I like it. 5 Star.

Thanks

kelleyward on August 14, 2012:

Yum! This is sometging I'll have to try! Voted up Kelley

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 14, 2012:

I will have to try this! Green beans are my favorite - and I do grow them but can never grow enough to can. They did horrible this year in the heat. Sad.

I always season with bacon fat:) lol I usually just use frozen though so I will definitely try it this way. Awesome!