Green vegetables are packed with flavour, crunch and vitamins. But they also have a downside: those pesky hard threads that make them so hard to digest. Who wants to eat vegetables with the floss included? Vegetables with threads are for example green beans, snow peas, sugar snaps and celery. Removing those wires is a bit of work, but it’s worth it. We explain exactly how to clean vegetables with wires!
Well, practice makes perfect.
Cleaning green beans
Originally, green beans have threads; they are often quite visible. Did you know that that’s where the proverb comes from for his wages ? Nowadays, many green beans in the supermarket no longer have these threads, but they still occur with organic beans, for example.
To clean green beans, start by cutting (or subtracting!) the tip. So that’s not the stem point – the place where the bean has been on the plant – but the other side. If you cut it off or pull it off, you can immediately take the string on the hollow side of the bean with you. Make sure you extend the tip all the way to the bottom of the bean and do the other side from there.
Then it is time to wash the green beans and cut them in half if necessary. This way they are ready to use in your dish.
Oh yes, a salient detail: while green beans regularly have threads, this does not apply to haricots verts. So you will be ready faster.
Where you can clean green beans quite easily by hand, you really do need a knife with celery. First, cut off the bottom of the celery and remove any leaves . Wash the stems under cold water.
To remove the tough threads on the outside of celery stalks, you need to create your own ‘tip’. Do this by cutting the stem slightly on the inside of the top. You can then pull the top piece off on the outside, with which you immediately take the hard wires with you.
Cleaning sugar snaps, snow peas and other vegetables with wires
Cleaning sugar snap peas and snow peas is almost the same as cleaning green beans. So cut the top of the snow peas and pull the hard wire on the hollow inside of the bean along. Then repeat this with the stem and the wire on the outside.
Good to know: if you don’t find any threads on the first few beans, chances are the rest are thread-free as well. Then you only have to remove the stem attachment. After all, cleaning vegetables with wires is easiest if they have, well, no wires.