How To Freeze Green Beans
Wondering how to freeze green beans? You’re in luck! This article gives step by step instructions for freezing your bounty of beans while they are fresh and in season. I’ve been freezing green beans for years now and I love having these delicious veggies stashed away in my freezer for the winter!
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How to Blanch Green Beans
The first step in freezing vegetables (including green, wax, or Roma beans) is blanching. This step involves heating the vegetables through to kill the natural enzymes. Freezing vegetables without blanching (or under blanching them) causes deterioration of the plant matter, leading to loss of nutrients, flavor, color, and texture.
Begin by washing beans thoroughly and snipping the ends off. You can also snap them into smaller pieces or leave them whole depending on your preference.
Boiling Water Blanching
Blanching vegetables in boiling water is the best way to prepare green beans for freezing. In the past, I have used microwaving and steam blanching but found that these methods don’t provide the best quality of frozen green beans because the enzymes aren’t destroyed as well as in boiling water blanching.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil
- Add beans
- Blanch for 2 minutes for small beans and 4 minutes for large beans
- Remove beans from boiling water
- Place beans into a bowl of cold water to chill quickly
- Drain beans when they are completely cool
Chilling and Freezing Blanched Beans
As soon as beans are blanched, remove them from heat and chill quickly. The faster your veggies are chilled, the more nutrients they will retain. Here are several ways to chill blanched vegetables quickly:
- Place in cold water
- Place in a bowl of ice water
- Spread on cookie sheet and place in freezer
Pack Green Beans in Freezer Bags
Once your beans are chilled, pack them in freezer bags or use a vacuum sealing system to package them in freezer bags with the air removed.
Vegetables frozen in vacuum-sealed bags will last much longer than those stored in zip-lock type bags. I use both types of bags, although I prefer the vacuum-sealed bags. Any veggies froze in zip lock bags are used first so they don’t get freezer burn.
Be Sure to Label Them!
Make sure you label the freezer bags with the contents and date they were processed! This makes it much easier to grab what you want and use your frozen goods up before they get freezer burned.
Do you freeze green beans and other veggies for the winter? Leave a comment!
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Farm Fresh Tuesdays
Welcome to Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! This week I’m excited to announce that AnnMarie from The 15 Acre Homestead and Julie from The Farm Wife are joining the party as co-hosts! So glad to have you here, ladies! Please go visit them and give them a warm welcome!
Farm Fresh Feature
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Congratulations to my featured blogger, Cindy from Cindy’s Online Recipe Box for her post on Fresh Green Bean, Tomato, and Basil Salad!
Farm Fresh Hosts
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