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jujuthomas Jan 20, 2011 05:21 AM

Now that it's hard to get decent fresh beans I'm looking for a frozen or canned substitute. I usually get frozen beans this time of year, but find them to be tough and flavorless and well... sad. We even tried frozen haricot vert (a couple brands) - again flavorless and sad. :(

I've never been a fan of canned beans, but am willing to try them again. So, do you have a favorite brand of either frozen or canned beans you recommend?

I know. I could just eat winter veg and wait for fresh beans to be local and wonderful, but DH is not a huge veggie eater, green beans are one of the few he enjoys.

tia

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    magiesmom RE: jujuthomas Jan 20, 2011 06:14 AM

    I can't imagine that there are any canned ones worth eating. The TJ's haricots vert are ok, better than most, it helps to saute them in some butter. I just wait for summer, myself but I know what you mean!

    1. coney with everything RE: jujuthomas Jan 20, 2011 07:32 AM

      Did you try the TJ frozen haricots? I think those are about as good as it gets in the winter...

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        jujuthomas RE: coney with everything Jan 20, 2011 07:38 AM

        TJs are what we just finished. DH thought they were awful. :(

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          fourunder RE: jujuthomas Jan 22, 2011 05:52 AM

          I'm with DH....

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            gimlis1mum RE: jujuthomas Jan 22, 2011 04:01 PM

            I buy the organic frozen green beans from TJs (not the haricots; I didn't like them either). Put 'em in a pan with enough water to cover, bring the water to a boil and then turn the heat off. They don't really need to cook, just warm up. They still have a bit of crunch to them.

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          sedimental RE: jujuthomas Jan 20, 2011 08:51 AM

          I just bought some verts from Costco (in a giant bag). They are fabulous! The bag is so giant though, I imagine frost will get in soon and the last 1/3rd of the bag won't be so great. They tasted very fresh, were bright green, very thin, and we not rubbery in the least.

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            al b. darned RE: sedimental Jan 21, 2011 07:13 PM

            >>>
            The bag is so giant though, I imagine frost will get in soon and the last 1/3rd of the bag won't be so great.
            <<<

            This is where a FoodSaver comes in handy. You can split a big bag up into more manageable portions and the last batch will be just as fresh as the first..

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              sedimental RE: al b. darned Jan 22, 2011 10:37 AM

              Yes, I have one. I don't know if the OP does.

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                jujuthomas RE: sedimental Jan 23, 2011 06:41 AM

                we do, but we never use it. it's a good idea tho for frozen veggies, since we use them sooo slowly.

                in other news, I went to our local asian market and found GORGEOUS fresh green beans for $1.79/lb! yum!

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              EWSflash RE: sedimental Jan 22, 2011 05:03 PM

              +1

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: sedimental Jan 22, 2011 08:19 PM

                +2. bought them last week - couldn't believe how crisp & sweet they were!

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                escondido123 RE: jujuthomas Jan 20, 2011 07:52 PM

                I believe they're best treated as a winter vegetable. For me, that means cooked longer with more flavorings--whether that is just garlic and olive oil or some nice bacon/pancetta/ham hock or the like it turns them into a much better veg. You can't recreate summer flavor in the winter.

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                  Uncle Bob RE: escondido123 Jan 22, 2011 04:52 PM

                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

                  This!

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                    kaleokahu RE: escondido123 Jan 22, 2011 08:52 PM

                    escondido: "You can't recreate summer flavor in the winter."

                    Yes, you're right. But the long, very slow cooking of greenbeans in baconfat (and bacon) and garlic is a joy regardless of the season. I put up enough of this wilted delight in the summer that I actually associate the flavors with both seasons.

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                      Will Owen RE: kaleokahu Jan 23, 2011 04:46 PM

                      When I was a child, this is how my mom cooked green beans, period, except for the times she just dumped a can into a pan and heated them up. I hated those - had to eat'em anyway, of course, but she knew my aversion and if there were bacon and onion to be had she'd usually make the extra effort. Oddly, it doesn't work well with frozen green beans, I think, but that nasty tinny taste of canned beans just melts away. The French-cut green beans she'd cook au gratin, which she pronounced "ah grotten", by pouring cheese sauce over them and baking them. I liked that, too.

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                    Mayor of Melonville RE: jujuthomas Jan 22, 2011 05:33 PM

                    The Fresh Market near us has French-grown haricots verts in the frozen section.

                    1. MinkeyMonkey RE: jujuthomas Jan 22, 2011 07:48 PM

                      I like the Cascadian Farm's frozen cut green beans. Actually, I like all their frozen stuff.

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                        soupkitten RE: jujuthomas Jan 22, 2011 07:59 PM

                        sno pak organic green beans are better, if you can get them.

                        1. Cherylptw RE: jujuthomas Jan 23, 2011 11:14 PM

                          My local Walmart Superstore has fresh green beans $1.99 lb this week...

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