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Frozen Green Beans

on August 27, 2014

Between our gardens and the farmer’s markets popping up everywhere right now, we need to do something with the abundance of green beans available to us. I don’t always have a lot of extra beans in our garden (we eat them all), but I try to freeze a few bags so we can have them in the middle of winter. This is really easy to do and great for preserving this local and plentiful vegetable.

There is no recipe card for this so I’ll just write it out.

Here is the recipe as I made them:

Frozen Green Beans

Pick and wash green beans.

Cut off ends and cut to desired length.

Blanch in boiling water 2-3 minutes.

Put beans into ice water bath and let cool a few minutes.

Drain and put into freezer bags.

Label with contents and date.

Freeze.

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Not everyone likes to cut both ends off of the beans. I do like to cut them off, but that’s the beauty of doing it yourself. You can do it any way you want to.

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Blanching and then the ice water bath really doesn’t take very long and you know what’s in there! Nothing but beans!

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I try to make the bags as flat as possible so they fit into the freezer better. I read somewhere that it’s a good idea to use a plastic basket in your freezer to hold all of those freezer bags full of frozen goodies. That made a lot of sense to me, so I tried it. It’s easier to see them, sort them, and get at them for thawing. It alleviates the problem of the bags sliding and falling out of the freezer and onto the floor every time you need to find something. There was one small issue – the freezer bags are taller than the basket so I can’t stack another basket on top and there’s a lot of wasted space above the basket of frozen vegetables. I’m still working on this issue so I can achieve maximum storage! These beans will be another taste of summer for the middle of winter. Go out and get some of these plentiful vegetables now while they’re so bountiful and local and fresh!!! This really is a pretty easy way to preserve them for later use.

 

 

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One response to “Frozen Green Beans

  1. Mom says:

    Sooo good!

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