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Meanwhile, bring a pot large enough to hold about 6 quarts of water, to a boil over medium heat. Add salt until the water tastes like mild seawater. How will you know? Taste a drop of water.
Prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl, large enough to hold the green beans, with cold water. Add some ice cubes and line with a strainer. Stir the green beans into the ice bath to awaken any beans that are limp. Strain and add them to the boiling water. Cook the beans for 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon or spider to remove them from the water, transferring them immediately to the same ice bath. Allow them to sit in the ice bath for a few minutes, swirling them gently in the water to assure they are all cooling in the cold water.
Transfer the green beans to a kitchen towel and pat dry. Transfer them to a serving bowl and refrigerate.