How to Trim Green Beans…Fast!

Snapping the ends of green beans can take forever. Here’s a life-changing trick on how to trim a huge pile of green beans fast!

How to Trim Green Beans

Ever faced with a big bunch of green beans to trim? Snapping off each end with your fingers can take what feels like forever! A recipe like our green bean casserole calls for 2 pounds of green beans, and it can seem totally daunting. Luckily, we have a quick and easy method for how to trim green beans fast: it’s life changing! (Well, if you eat a lot of green beans, that is.)

How to trim green beans: a tutorial

Here’s Alex and my method for how to trim green beans. Remember that you can do this fast: it doesn’t need to be perfect! Follow the tutorial below.

Step 1: Grab a handful of beans and make a uniform pile.

Grab about 15 to 20 beans, then place them on the cutting board. Working quickly, make a uniform pile with them all lined up lengthwise. They don’t all need to be facing the same way! Since you’ll be cutting off both ends, they can be facing different ways.

How to trim green beans: Grab a handful and place them in a pile

Step 2: Line up all the ends against your knife edge, then cut them off.

Make sure all the ends of the beans are touching the edge of your knife. Then grab them in one hand, and cut off the ends with a knife.

How to trim green beans: Cut off ends

Step 3: Line up the beans the other way, and cut off the other ends.

Quickly flip the beans the other way, and then push them towards your knife blade so that the other ends line up (see below). Then grab the pile and slice off the other ends.

How to trim green beans: Cut off the other end

Step 4: Cut the beans in bite-sized pieces (optional).

If your recipe calls for long beans (like our Roasted Green Beans), you can stop there. Or, slice the beans into bite sized pieces.

Step 4: Cut the beans in bite sized pieces

And that’s it! You’ve got trimmed green beans in no time at all.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

Video: Knife Skills, Gear, & How to Hold a Knife!

Looking for green bean recipes?

Now that you know how to trim green beans, here are some of our favorite green bean recipes for you to try:

Print
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon print print icon squares squares icon
How to trim green beans

How to Trim Green Beans…Fast!


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (7 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pound 1x

Description

Snapping the ends of green beans can take forever. Here’s a life-changing trick on how to trim a huge pile of green beans fast!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green beans

Instructions

  1. Grab about 15 to 20 beans, then place them on the cutting board. Working quickly, make a uniform pile with them all lined up lengthwise. They don’t all need to be facing the same way! Since you’ll be cutting off both ends, they can be facing different ways.
  2. Line up all the ends against your knife edge. Then grab them in one hand, and cut off the ends with a knife.
  3. Quickly flip the beans the other way, and then push them towards your knife blade so that the other ends line up (see the photo above). Then grab the pile and slice off the other ends.
  4. If the recipe calls for bite sized pieces, slice the beans further to make bite-sized pieces.

  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to Trim Green Beans

Subscribe for free weekly recipes & more!

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.