How To Freeze Green Beans
Step 1: Pick or buy fresh young and tender green beans. Do not use tough or overripe beans for freezing or you will be disappointed in the results. Fill up a large steamer pot with water and heat to boiling. While water is heating, wash and trim ends of beans. Cut beans into lengths 2 inches or more or leave original size (longer cuts are the best quality).
Step 2: Once the water has started boiling, place beans in steamer basket (being careful not to over
crowd) and cook for 3 minutes. Start the timer immediately after placing beans in boiling water. This is called blanching. Blanching is important in freezing most vegetables because it's stops the enzyme action, which can cause a loss of flavor, color, and texture.
Step 3: When 3 minutes is up, remove the beans from the boiling water and immediately place in cold ice water to stop them from cooking anymore.
Step 4: When beans have cooled completely (about 5 to 10 minutes), drain water.
Step 5: Pack beans in freezer bags, label, date and place in the freezer. Frozen green beans should last at least a year in the freezer.
Growing your own food and then preserving it is a wonderful way to save money and be frugal with your resources. What about you? Did you grow a garden this year? What's your favorite thing growing right now?