How to Freeze Green Beans from the Garden

Today we are going to be talking about how to freeze your green bean harvest, with tips on when to harvest your green beans, to blanch or not, and more!

Beans are one of the easiest crops to grow! There are many types of beans to grow, and they have a short growing period so you can sow them in succession.

I think freezing green beans is the easiest way to preserve them, and the method that retains some of their crisp fresh flavor the best.

To easily preserve the fresh string beans by freezing, you want to pick them when they are young, before they are bulging from the seed inside them.

Wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. If mulched, the beans remain much cleaner.

When blanching green beans for freezing, you want to bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, using 1 gallon of water per 1 pound of prepared vegetables.

Submerge your beans into the boiling  water and begin timing when the water returns to a full boil, and time for 3 minutes.

Many people also freeze green beans without blanching. This is a personal preference. Try it both ways, to see which method your prefer!

Once they are dry, move them onto a cookie sheet. Make sure they lay in a single layer, and do not touch. Place the cookie sheets in the freezer until the beans are frozen.

When the beans are fully frozen, use a spatula to scoop them up off the cookie sheet. Then you need to place them into containers to store them in the freezer.

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