Fresh green beans are highly nutritious. They are far healthier than canned varieties since they have not gone through an extensive canning process. Commercial canning literally cooks the life and the flavor right out of food. Depending on how fresh green beans are prepared, they are generally crisper and tastier than canned varieties. They are better in every way.
Fresh green beans contain absolutely no additives, but some people do not like the bland flavor. They prefer tasty additions to increase and enhance the natural taste. Kids and adults alike are more willing to eat them if they are prepared with flavorful additions.
My grandmother always used fresh green beans. I do not remember ever having canned veggies other than corn when dining in her home, especially during holiday celebrations. She used a pressure cooker, and her fresh green beans always had a unique flavor. As a child, I did not care for the taste of my grandmother’s green beans, but I would give anything to have them again. Flavors can spark memories, and I prepare my grandmother’s homemade dishes whenever I want to recall her delicious meals and the holidays of the past.
Add Flavor with Beef Bullion
The secret ingredient that my grandmother used to add flavor to fresh green beans was beef bullion. As a child I did not like the flavor of bullion because it reminded me of being ill. Bullion was my mother’s choice of sustenance when I was sick, and I associated the flavor with the unpleasantness of the flu and sore throats. However, bullion adds tremendous flavor, and as an adult I like the rich, bold taste.
As your fresh green beans are cooking, add one or two beef bullion cubes. Do not add salt. Beef bullion contains a lot of sodium, and it adds tremendous flavor and zest to fresh green beans. Stir the beans occasionally to help dissolve the cubes. If desired, drain away the liquid after the beans reach the desired level of tenderness, and melt genuine butter over the top. The flavor is fantastic.
Diced Bacon Can Add Tremendous Flavor
My favorite addition to fresh green beans is crisp crumbled bacon. I love the flavor of bacon, and I usually add it to my fresh cooked green beans. I do not add the bacon during the cooking process. I prefer a crisp and crunchy texture. I cook the fresh green beans first, and I top them with diced bacon shortly before serving.
Add Almonds, Onions and Butter for Flavor
I also love green beans almandine, but I have my own method of preparation. Almonds do not add much flavor, but they add tremendous texture. I cook my veggies until they are slightly tender. I drain away the water, and I stir in diced onions that were sautéed in butter. I top the dish with slivered almonds. They make a unique and delicious side dish for any occasion.
Source: Personal Food Preparation Experience