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How to stop green beans from squeaking?

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My wife and I recently tried cooking frozen green beans by boiling them on the stove. They tasted fine, but the skin of the green beans was really, really "squeaky" on my teeth. My wife didn't really understand what I was talking about, but it drove me crazy. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me.

My wife really likes green beans, and I've never minded the soggy canned stuff, but I really do not want to eat any more like this. Is there some secret to cooking them that can make them less squeaky or this just an inherent part of green beans?

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What you are experiencing is a partially overcooked green bean. The exterior membrane is partially detached from the flesh of the bean, but the seeds have not yet been cooked through.

Don't boil green beans.

Better options:

  1. Spread out your frozen green beans on a plate; cover with a microwave cover or a paper towel; microwave for 2 minutes, and check for warmth and a bright green color. Repeat with shorter microwave cycles until achieved; now you know how long your microwave takes with that size batch.

  2. Let your green beans defrost to room temperature. In a wok or frying pan, heat up a little vegetable oil on high until it is glistening. Dump in the beans and swirl in the oil, then cover and turn off the heat. In about five minutes they will be done.

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