Preparing Green Beans For A Casserole

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How to prepare the green beans for making green bean casserole; get expert tips on a classic American casserole recipe in this free cooking video.

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Next, we're going to be talking about the green beans that we'll be using for our green bean casserole. Today I'm going to talk about using canned green beans, but you can also use fresh green beans or frozen green beans. However, if you're going to have a nice big Thanksgiving dinner where you've got lots of different side dishes, canned green beans might be the best bet. The main reason being that canned green beans are already fairly cooked. They have a softer consistency than if you're using fresh or frozen green beans. Therefore, you don't have to worry about them being too crunchy or undercooked in your casserole. There's nothing worse than having green bean casserole where the green beans are still crispy as though they've just been picked off of the vine. While freshness is important, there are some things you want to be a little bit softer and easier to eat. You already have the fried onions on top so that you have the crunch there. You don't need it in your green beans as well. One thing to remember if you're using canned green beans is that you need to drain the liquid out from the can. You don't need that liquid in there. Otherwise, you're just going to end up with a soupy casserole.

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