Fresh Green Beans ~ West Virginia Style
Not to start another Civil War, and respecting all cooking styles, but here's the way you do it where I come from. =^..^=
somefresh green beans
someham, ham bone, or ham hock
1/2 Tbspsugar, optional
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How to Make Fresh Green Beans ~ West Virginia Style
- Add water to cover the beans.
- Cover & cook over MEDIUM-LOW heat for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes (setting the timer so I won't forget) and checking on the water level. If it's boiling away too quickly, turn down the stove. Keep the beans covered with water for the first 2 hours of cooking.
When the beans are fork tender and start to fall apart a bit, remove the lid and allow the water to cook down for another 30 to 60 minutes, stirring more often & watching closely.
- I usually don't need to add additional salt since the meat is salty, but taste before serving to decide.
OK, stop eating those green beans and save some for supper! =^..^=