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Freezing green beans is a simple and effective way to preserve, though they can also be canned. In this recipe, we will give you a step-by-step guide to freezing your green bean harvests!

*derived and modified from cookinglsl.com

Directions:

  • Rinse green beans well.

  • Cut off the ends on both sides.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  • Prepare a large bowl filled with cold water and ice cubes, and set aside.

  • Add green beans to the boiling pot of water. Allow to boil for 2 minutes (this is referred to as “blanching”).

  • Drain green beans in strainer and rinse with cold water.

  • Place green beans in the bowl filled with cold water and ice. Allow to ice water bathe here for 3 minutes.

  • Drain green beans in strainer.

  • Pat green beans dry on a towel, making sure they are mostly dry so that they do not stick together when frozen.

  • Place dried green beans on a baking sheet in a single layer, leaving some space in between beans so they are not touching.

  • Place the baking sheets in the freezer to “flash freeze” beans for approximately 1 hour.

  • Remove from freezer and place in freezer bag or vacuum sealed bag.

  • Place in freezer for preservation!


Ends cut off of beans.

Ends cut off of beans.


Blanching the beans.

Blanching the beans.


Water bathing the beans.

Water bathing the beans.


Straining after water bathing.

Straining after water bathing.


Laying out to dry.

Laying out to dry.


Placing on baking sheet to place in freezer to freeze.

Placing on baking sheet to place in freezer to freeze.