- Salt, to taste
- 1 to 1½ pounds green beans, ends trimmed
- Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a wide saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add a sprinkling of salt; arrange a collapsible steamer in the pan.
- Scatter the beans in the steamer basket in an even layer—stacking the beans on top of each other in a dense layer results in uneven cooking. Cover the pan tightly and steam (Steaming Ba