How to Make Canned Green Beans Taste Homemade - Copycat Recipe perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal

Green beans with bacon and butter cooking in a cast iron skillet
Green beans with bacon and butter cooking in a cast iron skillet | Source

Green beans and fried chicken!

I love my specially made homemade green beans recipe served with my own fried chicken.
I love my specially made homemade green beans recipe served with my own fried chicken. | Source

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: Serves 7-8 people a 1/2 cup serving

Do you love homegrown canned green beans?

I have loved homegrown canned green beans since I was a kid. My mom had a huge garden that we four kids would help water and then later pick the harvest. When it came to green beans, we would help pick and snap the many bowls of green beans that were produced. I never liked that chore much, but I sure did like the results. We would eat green beans all summer, and Mom would can the rest in her pressure cooker. Green bean were thus plentiful all winter long. I don't think we ever ran out.

What a wonderful thing to be able to go into the pantry and grab a jar of homegrown green beans all winter long. To this day, my mom still grows and cans green beans. I sure look forward to having them when I visit. And lucky me, Mom often sends me a few jars of her bounty back home when I go to visit. Thanks, Mom!

Unfortunately, I have never grown enough green beans to can as my mom did. Still, I have always cooked them, whether from fresh, frozen, or canned options. A few years ago, I came up with a method of cooking store-bought green beans that made them taste closer to my mom's homegrown canned green beans.

My method involves mixing store-bought canned green beans with the frozen ones. Once, when I was observed once cooking my green bean this way, I was actually asked if there were a "method to my madness." "Yes," I replied, "there is."

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Add entire contents of one can of green beans to frozen ones.A pretty mixture of different colors of green beans
Add entire contents of one can of green beans to frozen ones.
Add entire contents of one can of green beans to frozen ones. | Source
A pretty mixture of different colors of green beans
A pretty mixture of different colors of green beans | Source
Cooked green beans. Notice how the colors have blended.
Cooked green beans. Notice how the colors have blended. | Source

Ingredients for Green Beans that Taste Homegrown

  • 1 can green beans
  • 8 oz (or half package) green beans, frozen
  • 2 pieces bacon
  • 2-3 Tbs. butter
  • Cavendar's seasoning, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • **************************************

Instructions for Green Beans

  1. Fry bacon on stove until partially cooked.
  2. Add frozen green beans. Then add can of green beans, including liquid.
  3. Bring mixture to boil and boil 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and let simmer ten minutes. Check and continue to check every five minutes. Add water if needed, but at least stir occasionally.
  5. Add cut-up tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, and Cavendar's, if you like that all-purpose spice.
  6. A taste test is the best way to tell if the green beans are finished. When the frozen ones have softened, changed color, and are starting to taste like the canned green beans, then the dish is about ready.

Spruced up Homemade Green Beans (also has 252 mg sodium)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 52
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 10 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Mixing frozen and canned green beans

Frozen green beans retain much of their nutritional value, often more so than do the fresh version. Mixing them with a can of green beans complete with liquid gives them the necessary water in which they need to cook. Cooking the frozen ones along with the flavorful juice and beans of the canned version is a way I began to experiment.

The liquid from the canned green beans, along with a few spices, blends for a great flavor! As the green beans cook and the frozen ones soften, the different colors of the green beans start to slowly become similar in color.

Keep cooking the green beans until the water is practically gone, until the beans are almost frying. Stir them around as the water is disappearing near the end of cooking.

I don't know if this method of cooking takes out some of the nutritional value, but I do know that it adds in the flavor. I've experimented with different spices, too but found that a few simple spices work well along with the butter and bacon. I mean, seriously, how can you go wrong with butter and bacon when it comes to flavor?

Over time, I have tweaked this mixture and experimented with the seasonings and am very happy with the results. My spruced-up store-bought green beans simulate my memories of home canned green beans that were picked fresh from the garden!


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Comments 37 comments

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I will have to try this! Green beans are my favorite - and I do grow them but can never grow enough to can. They did horrible this year in the heat. Sad.

I always season with bacon fat:) lol I usually just use frozen though so I will definitely try it this way. Awesome!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Yum! This is sometging I'll have to try! Voted up Kelley


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

It's a very healthy Recipe - I like it. 5 Star.

Thanks


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Yum! The only thing I would add would be fresh onions cuz I am an onion fiend! :) Great recipe, V!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Real--Bacon fat is great!!! I'm sure yours are delicious!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

kelley--I LOVE green beans!!!!!


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sujithbeta 4 years ago from Kerala, India

Looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I agree that it is hard to find the fresh green beans to use in any recipe, and hard to grow at home. Your suggestion on combining frozen and canned works for me. Thanks for sharing -- voted up and 5 starred!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thanks for the tip. We buy frozen... this should still work.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Lady E--thanks for the 5 stars!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

TT--I could add onions, too! thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You are welcome, sujithbeta! Hope you enjoy!


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pringoooals 4 years ago from Edinburgh

It sound delicious. I must try it!I love beans and usually I buy frozen but the can for moisture sounds reasonable. Thanks for sharing


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Hey Vicki, I love green beans but I must admit I hat them canned or frozen, my fiancé does too, so I only cook them fresh. Cooking them with bacon is a new idea for me and I am sure I will love it.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Definitely gonna try this one -- my Granny did something similar with fresh or canned green beans but didn't include the frozen ones -- that sounds like the clue to me. Thanks for a great recipe. Best/Sis


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches--A person has to plant a lot of green bean plants to make very many. Thanks so much for the input and stars!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Mhatter! worked for me! Thanks for the comment!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pringoooals--I thought it worked out great!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cardisa--Fresh green beans are great, but this is a tasty alternative. Hope you're doing okay, girl. Thanks for stopping by.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What doesn't taste better with bacon? Great recipe!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Sounds good. I love green beans too and this will make them yummier. Thanks!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

This is really useful for us. My daughter eats canned green beans like candy, but my husband and I are not so fond of them. This pleases all three of us!


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Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

Sounds like it's worth a try! Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angela--Glad you approve! Good luck! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I hear ya, random! Bacon and butter--yummy!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

catgypsy--Awesome! I hope you like them!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

What a great idea-Who Knew?? I can't wait to try this. I didn't get my garden in this year, so I've been using canned green beans. I'll let you know what I think but I'm sure I'll love it.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glimmer Twin Fan--Awesome! Glad to hear it may work for the whole family!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Saloca--You're welcome! Hope you try them!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, do let me know, Minnetonka Twin, if you try them! Thanks!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I think you did it..made the small can of greenbeans into a fine side dish. Great job and voted UP.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Carol. This is how I always make green beans. I love them!


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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Nice hub.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, IslandBites. Glad you liked the hub. Much appreciated!


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Margie Lynn 7 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Thanks for your tip! I have used real bacon bits when I do not have bacon!


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Victoria Lynn 5 weeks ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're welcome! I've used bacon bits, too! I sure do love green beans made this way. :-)


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Margie Lynn 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Thanks for the great tip Victoria!

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