Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to Freeze Green Beans

One of the things I love about summer is gardening and freezing veggies and fruit. I have a small garden - perfect for us.  We love to freeze veggies and fruits when they are in season and eat them in the winter when it is below zero!  

Today I picked a bunch of green beans so that I could freeze for soup this winter.   My hubby makes the best tasting Veggie Soup!

Step by Step instructions on how to freeze green beans:
Wash the beans

Cut off the the tips

Cut into bite size - I like to cut diagonal 

Place in boiling water for about 4 minutes
(I use my pasta boiler)
The heating and cooling process is called blanching

While beans are cooking get your bowl of ice water ready

I also take this time to write on my bags

Drain Beans

Pour beans in a bowl of ice water and let the beans cool off

When cool drain the beans

Place beans in dated bags - make sure there is not a lot of air in the bags - seal and freeze.

I got 3 quarts of beans out of today's picking.  If you don't have a garden you can purchase bulk beans at many farmer's markets and local farmers.  Great way to have healthy organic veggies all year round ~ at very cheap prices! 

23 comments:

  1. This is awesome. I love freezing my own veggies and fruits. So nice to have them later.

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  2. I never thought to do this! So you grow your own green beans? How does that work? Sounds like something I would love to get in to.

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  3. Aimee - green beans are really easy to grow - plant the seeds - water - then watch them grow. I will get about 4 pickings from the beans.

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  4. Thanks for letting me know how to freeze green beans. I have frozen them before and they ended up flat. Now that I know the correct way, I will be trying it.

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  5. I never knew this! Great to know too. Next year I hope to have my own garden and will hopefully have enough food to freeze and can!

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  6. This is great! I never knew green beans could be frozen like this. I'll be trying this the next time they go on sale at the store.

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  7. Such a great tutorial! For some reason, I didn't plant beans this year. It's the first time in years I have missed them!

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  8. So many people are growing green beans this summer. It is great to learn this technique to make the beans last through the fall and minter.

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  9. I don't have a garden, but I can do this with the green beans I get at the farmer's market! Thanks for the how-to!

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  10. I don't have a vegetable garden this year, and I am sorry I don't! Your beans look great and you gave a wonderful tutorial on how to freeze them. There is nothing better than having home grown veggies in the winter!

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  11. Thanks for the tips. We never have enough green beans to freeze because we buy them at the store (only as much as we'll use). I want to grow them in the garden though.

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  12. i never yield enough green beans to save. we tend to eat everything i produce

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  13. I need to remember this! I rarely have extras but this year may be different5.

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  14. I wish we had a veggie garden with lots of green beans! This would be wonderful for freezing our own.

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  15. Nice! Hubby just bought some green beans today. I will have to do this with what we have left. Thanks!

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  16. This is a terrific how to post. My aunt also makes a yummy veggie soup...oh gosh, I am hungry just thinking of it. :)

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  17. I've never frozen green beans. Glad to know it's possible, and even a good idea, actually!

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  18. I have a friend that does the same thing with her sweet corn and has it all winter long. I can't think of anything better!

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  19. Awesome, I would love to freeze some green beans since it's one of my kids favs

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  20. I didn't realize how easy it was to freeze fresh beans. Thanks for the easy, step-by-step tips. We'll try this soon!

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  21. Thats an interesting method. I pull them from the garden and wash them. I pat dry and pop them in a freezer bag. When its time to cook, its with a little sea salt and olive oil.

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  22. I've frozen strawberries before, but never frozen green beans! I'll have to try this out sometime soon.

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  23. I have never frozen anything but meat. this is a great post!

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