Saturday, January 5, 2013

Beans

Have you ever heard of Harrycovair?  I have been hearing it on the food channel..lots of times I just listen to TV..instead of watch.  Imagine my surprise when I saw that they were skinny green beans. Then I tried to Google them..well ya havta know how to spell the little buggers.  I never took French..and my three years of Latin was no help.  Haricot verts.

Here in Minnesota we just eat Green Beans..the most fancy smancy we get is to doctor them up with onion and bacon and a splash of vinegar and freshly ground black pepper or drown them in Cream of Mushroom soup throw some French Fried Onions on top and plop them in the oven for awhile.  Sometimes we just heat them up and eat them plain.

Sometimes I miss my Maternal Grandmothers Yellow Beans..they were awesome..she used to can quarts and quarts  of them.  People don’t can like they used to.  I don’t can anything..we put “stuff” up in the freezer.

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Old Ball Perfect Mason jars and zinc lids in a canning basket..repurposed:)

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26 comments:

  1. I never heard of these! And I live with a green bean expert - Harriet!
    I bet your grandma's beans were delicious. I have never canned but when John had a garden, we would freeze beans.
    Beautiful photo!

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  2. I have never heard of those snooty green beans either but I can never seem to get enough of the green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and onions. If I could inhale it, I would! And my mom canned nearly everything in sight back in the 1920s and '30s so canning jars have always been a part of my life. My Charlotta still does some canning but now mostly of jam.

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  3. Morning, I never heard of those beans either but then I am not big on beans.......Love the Ball jars with the flowers in the canning basket though, Blessings Francine.

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  4. One of my blogging friends cans everything, it seems (Annie at Elegant Blessings). It seems like a lot of work but then to open a can of your wonderful veggies in the middle of winter would make it all worthwhile, to me at least. But you won't catch me canning anything. :-)

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  5. Oh, how I miss yellow beans. That's the only bean my dad would plant. I sometimes find them at farmer's markets. I do the very same thing with my blue canning jars. I had two of them until my daughter talked one off of me. But oh well, I was so happy to pass on the tradition of how to use those wonderful old jars!!!!

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  6. My Colonel is right in that I do not do as much canning as I used to years ago. Most of my jars are vintage clear ones but I do still use some of the vintage blue ones. The blue ones still serve their intended purpose as well as they did when they were new. As a young girl I enjoyed eating the yellow beans right in the garden. I now have to buy the canned ones in the store, even though they are no where near as good as fresh ones - but they are better than going without completely! :-)

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  7. *grin* Love your interpretation of the beans. I get a kick out of seeing how my brain translates things.. Especially lyrics that I screw up and later, when I see or actually hear e real words, I am amazed at my ignorance!

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    1. Oh, and I, too, miss yellow beans. We grew some but they just don't seem to taste the same.

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  8. Yep, they are called "green beans" in Wyoming, too, and I LOVE them any way they are prepared.

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  9. I like green beans cooked with onions and bacon and new potatoes too if available. YUMM!

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  10. So that is what those skinny green beans are called! I never had them before just recently and have not liked the way they are cooked al dente. They taste raw to me. And they sure don't taste like the green beans from the home garden. Thanks for the education!

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  11. I really got a chuckle from this! Since I did study French, and taught it for a while, it was something I actually knew. Then it was used on the Food Network a lot. Haricots verts are indeed skinny little green beans -- verts = green. I, too, prefer the fatter ones, though. I also remember my mom canning farm-fresh green or yellow "string beans" and I loved helping.
    Peace,
    Muff

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  12. Ah but said with the accent it makes them taste so much better...lol.

    Maybe add some Pomme de terre, earth apples, or as you and I know them, potatoes. Or if you like french fries, pomme frites.

    Here in Canada eh, we took french forever...and much as I didn't like it then, it does come in handy sometimes when the snooty chefs are on TV.

    Jen

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  13. Took me back to my childhood and Mama canning green beans in those beautiful jars.
    Haven't seen lids like those in a long time. Back in time: 30's and 40's. My sister & I said we would never eat those beans again as we picked and cleaned an broke green beans for canning all summer long. Ha. I do eat those beans.

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  14. You gave me a good chuckle. Old fashioned plump green beans are my favorite, any way you want to fix them, including heated up out of the can. Have done my share of canning and always loved it; labor intensive, but very satisfying to see all those jars lined up on the shelf. If it didn't move, I canned it. :)

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  15. You are a very creative speller!!1 But a green bean is a green bean. I like that first recipe. I think I'll try it.
    Definitely no canning here...all freezer.

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  16. I think it has to do with price. If the menu entrees are over $25, your choice is haricot verts. Under $25 you have green beans. At our house it's green beans, often cooked with new potatoes, (not Petit Pomme de Terre).

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  17. My mum used to grow what we call here French runner beans or as the Brits call them String beans and we have the regular fatter green beans but I have never heard of this kind I will have to go and check it out ya got my curiosity now ! Love the photo. Have a good day !

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  18. I knew it was French for green beans because I took French years ago, but I didn't know it means a particular kind of green bean. My mother canned a lot until she gave birth to four boys in six years. Now my daughter cans things from the farmer's market. A lovely taste of summer, all year long.

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  19. The freeze is my friend also! I love your old jars and lids...very hard to find now days.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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  20. Our Asian friends at church grow the beans that are about a foot long. The are great to eat and taste a lot like our green beans. I remember when my grandmother canned the yellow beans.

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  21. Okay, now I feel better. I was thinking those skinny green beans were Asian, but after twenty comments to the contrary, I was beginning to think I was on mushrooms instead of green beans...

    Yes, thanks to L.D. Burgus (I feel better now), I can vouch for those great-tasting Asian skinny beans, whatever they are called. But then, I do prefer the skinny version to the fat ones--French or Asian--and green to yellow.

    Your repurposed Ball jars are just the right dose of cheery for this dreary, cold winter day!

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  22. Haricots verts - just ordinary green beans I reckon!

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  23. I was gonna say my brudder drove a red Covair convertable. But then I saw you were talkin' 'bout food. I've grown a couple of these types and they are nice, long as you pick them skinny, later they are just a green bean. I personal hold a bean grudge on my family, they don't appreciate yellow wax like I do, right up there with liver in their book.

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  24. My daddy loved "Kentucky Wonders" "Oregon Giants" and ... hmmm can't remember the other one we planted. Anyway, that sounds very fancy.

    I add water chestnuts with the mushroom soup.

    I am a TV listener and get distracted. Then I ask my husband "what happened." He gets irritated. Snicker.

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  25. A flower vendor at one of the farmers markets I go to displays her bouquets in those same blue canning jars:)

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