Saturday, August 18, 2012

Freezing Green Beans

My green beans are finally ready to pick!
I LOVE them fresh out of the garden, steamed, or even raw:).
Freezing them is a fast way to enjoy them through the winter.

Here is how I do it!

First, you want to buy or pick FRESH beans that are crisp, bright green, and free of blemishes.
Avoid beans that are limp or have shriveled ends.

Place them in a sink of cool water and wash thoroughly.
 Then comes the fun...snapping!

Snap off the ends like so....{for those of you who are new to preserving:)}

Snip off the ends with your fingers.

You can leave them whole, if you prefer, but I like them smaller and snapped in half.
You could also use a paring knife, but fingers work just fine and are my opinion:).

Snapping beans is something that the whole family can do!

Once you have all of your bite sized pieces ready to go, 
bring a large pot of water to a boil and add beans.
Carefully make sure that the beans are submerged and blanche small pieces for 3 minutes, large or whole beans for 4 minutes.
Pour beans into a colander and then cool by plunging into ice water.
Drain beans again and set out to dry on a clean dish cloth.
Pack into freezer bags, label, and lay flat in freezer.
Use within 8-10 months.
I love having beans in the freezer and use them in soups, stews, casseroles, and steamed with a little butter and salt!




Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Yup!! exactly as I do, except we leave the tails on (not the heady/stem part). My grammy used to say - "don't snap the tails off. That's where all the vitamins are." ;)

I actually half a basket (or more) waiting to do up on Monday... they're sitting in my fridge. Yikes. Not a lot of time left for to do this weekend.
Nor ice. I have to make some more.

Gumbo Lily said...

My beans are just starting to set on. I had to plant them twice. I like my beans wrapped in bacon and cooked in the oven or on the grill.

Julia said...

Bevy...your Grandma is probably right! I think I will try leaving the tails on next time! Jody...that sounds absolutely delish! Bacon makes everything better!


Maureen Wyatt said...

With all the drought this year, I think it's extra important to get as much as possible in the freezer. Prices are bound to go up this winter and those beans will come in might handy! ~ Maureen

Keeping It Cozy said...

I love having veggies in the freezer for the winter months! The heat stunted my green bean plants and I thought I wouldn't end up with any, but during the past couple weeks they have been producing like crazy! I will probably try to get some frozen early this week.

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Nice tutorial. There is something very calming about snapping beans isn't there?

Christi said...

Julia... your garden looks beautiful! Oh, how I love holly hocks! Sorry to read about the fires in your area, but glad you and your family are well.

Anonymous said...

I love freezing beans! Unfortunately, the woodchuck living behind our woodshed ate through a lot of our garden this year. Any suggestions for next year? Fence the garden in? Get a dog?

Kim, USA said...

We have plenty of beans and in fact I picked a basket full of beans this morning. Thanks for the bean freezing procedure.

Anonymous said...

Lovely gardens! and blog.

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