Recipe: Creamed String Beans

Perhaps the most popular way in which to prepare string or wax beans is to cream them. Not only an appetizing dish, but one whose food value is increased, is the result. The cream Sauce served with the beans may be made entirely of milk, but a very satisfactory Sauce can be made by using half milk or cream and half liquid in which the beans were cooked. To prepare creamed beans, clean the beans in the usual way and cut them into inch lengths. Put them to cook in boiling salted water and cook until they may be easily pierced with a fork. Pour off the water, but keep it to use in the Dressing. To dress a sufficient quantity of beans for four persons, a Sauce should be made as follows:


  •  1 Tb. butter
  •  1 Tb. flour
  •  1/4 tsp. salt
  •  Pinch of pepper
  •  1/3 c. rich milk or cream
  •  1/3 c. liquid from beans

Melt the butter in a Saucepan and add the flour, salt, and pepper. Pour in the heated liquids and stir until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly cooked. Add the Sauce to the beans, heat together, and serve.

Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
by Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences (Year 1928)