Grandmother’s Green Beans


When I was a little girl, my grandparents loved to garden. Most years, they had two gardens at their house which meant tons of fresh vegetables. I have so many memories of sitting in their living room breaking beans and shelling peas.

Grandmother canned her own green beans in mason jars and we would always save a jar for the holidays and other special dinners. Since she passed, the green beans have always been lacking her special touch and while these are still not as good as the ones she canned they are as close as they come.

As the saying goes, most things get better over time so please note that these take at least three hours to cook. Trust me, they are worth every second!


  • 2 bags of frozen cut green beans (approx 28oz bags)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 7 slices of bacon diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/3 cup of white vinegar separated
  • salt and pepper to taste (you will probably use quiet a bit of salt)

In large stock pot cook onion and bacon until crispy. Remove onion and bacon and sit aside. Pour frozen green beans into bacon grease and cook for 1-2 minutes. Cover beans with water and heat to a boil. Add sugar and half of vinegar. Boil down only 1/2 of beans are covered. Add water back to pot to cover beans again. Add remainder of vinegar and salt and pepper. Continue boiling beans and adding back water for approximately 3 hours until beans are nice and soft. When your beans are close to the desired texture, do not add any additional water and allow to simmer until very little water is in pan. Add bacon and onion back to beans, stir and serve.

I hope you enjoy these green beans as much as we do!




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