Spruced-Up Canned Green Beans (Tastes Homemade!)

Updated on June 23, 2019
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Watching her mom as a kid, Vicki came by cooking easily with old recipes, tweaking and adding in new ideas. Cooking is therapeutic to her.

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

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 bean 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 time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 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.
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Add entire contents of one can of green beans to frozen ones.A pretty mixture of different colors of green beansCooked green beans. Notice how the colors have blended.
Add entire contents of one can of green beans to frozen ones.
Add entire contents of one can of green beans to frozen ones. | Source
A pretty mixture of different colors of green beans
A pretty mixture of different colors of green beans | Source
Cooked green beans. Notice how the colors have blended.
Cooked green beans. Notice how the colors have blended. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 52
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 10 mg3%
Sodium 252 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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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. | Source

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      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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        Paula 

        2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Margie Lynn profile image

        Margie's Southern Kitchen 

        2 years ago from the USA

        Thanks for the great tip Victoria!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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        Margie's Southern Kitchen 

        3 years ago from the USA

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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        IslandBites 

        6 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Nice hub.

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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        carol stanley 

        7 years ago from Arizona

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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        Linda Rogers 

        7 years ago from Minnesota

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        catgypsy--Awesome! I hope you like them!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Saloca profile image

        Sarah Campbell 

        7 years ago from Liverpool, UK

        Sounds like it's worth a try! Thanks!

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

        Claudia Mitchell 

        7 years ago

        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!

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        catgypsy 

        7 years ago from the South

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

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        pringoooals--I thought it worked out great!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Mhatter! worked for me! Thanks for the comment!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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        Angela Blair 

        7 years ago from Central Texas

        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

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        Carolee Samuda 

        7 years ago from Jamaica

        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.

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        Karina 

        7 years ago from Edinburgh

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        You are welcome, sujithbeta! Hope you enjoy!

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

        Lady E--thanks for the 5 stars!

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        Martin Kloess 

        7 years ago from San Francisco

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

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        Dianna Mendez 

        7 years ago

        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!

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        Sreejith k 

        7 years ago from Kerala, India

        Looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

      • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Victoria Lynn 

        7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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        Terrye Toombs 

        7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

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

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        Elena 

        7 years ago from London, UK

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

        Thanks

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        kelleyward 

        7 years ago

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

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        Kelly Umphenour 

        7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        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!

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