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How to Blanch and Freeze Green Beans

Updated on July 19, 2009

I planted green beans for the first time this year. I love having bush beans producing for me and every day I pick a bowl full of beans. But with six people in my family a bowl full of green beans is not a meal for us. Actually it takes three bowls of green beans to make a meal. If I leave them on the vine, they get long and tough. If I pick them and stick them in the refrigerator they get limp. So I decided to blanch and freeze the green beans I pick each day and pack quart freezer bags to supply us with green beans over the winter. This is pretty easy to do and I love putting food up fresh in the summer for my family to eat in the winter.

The first thing to do is wash the green beans. Once washed, I cut the ends off. Some people snap the ends off, but I prefer to cut them, as I can be more precise and take off the bare minimum. Once I have the ends cut, I cut the beans into bite size pieces. While I am doing this, I start water boiling on the stove. When the water boils and the beans are cut, I drop them by the handful into the boiling water and cover. I boil them for three minutes. This is called blanching and it stops the green beans for continuing to ripen. They will keep all their nutrients and remain crisp and delicious.

While the beans are boiling I get a bowl full of ice and water. This will stop the blanching process immediately at the three minute mark. When the timer goes off, I drain the beans and them pour them into the ice water and swish them around a bit. When you are blanching food you need to soak them in ice water for as long as you boiled them; in this case for three minutes. When the three minutes are up, I grab them out and dry them on a towel and pop them all into a quart freezer bag. The next day when I blanch more green beans I will add them to the same freezer bag until it is full.

It usually takes me three to four days to fill a quart bag of green beans and if they keep producing like this I will have green beans for the year from my small plot of bush beans. It almost makes me long for winter when I can pull out delicious and nutritious foods that I grew to feed my family.


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    • emufarm profile image


      6 years ago from Iowa

      Woo I was glad to catch this article out of the corner of my eye! I just bought a bunch of green beans from the Farmers Market that need to be blanched and frozen really badly!! Voted up!

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      green bean recipes 

      7 years ago

      I am fond of growing and eating green beans. You have great tips here. Very helpful indeed.

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      growing beans 

      7 years ago

      I love growing my beans and eating them. They are indeed very healthy to eat and full of nutrients.

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      7 years ago from Germany

      Hmmmm - yammi. I love green beans

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      8 years ago

      Can I use frozen beans when I make dill beans?

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      Jean Kotzur 

      9 years ago from Southern Europe

      It is good to read about people growing and preserving there own fruit and vegetables. I remember my grandmother and aunts after the war and during the fifties bottling and preserving fruit and vegetables from the garden and allotment.There was no such thing as a home freezer or even refrigerator at that time. Now you will hardly find a home without these appliances. Sadly though, all too often they are used as a store cupboard for frozen convenience foods. Keep up the good work Jennifer, there are a lot of people who need to be re-educated in the culinary arts and nutrition. If not for their own sake, at least for their childrens sake.

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      Amanda Owens 

      9 years ago

      Hi, Thank you so much for this article. I was so glad to find out how to freeze my green beans. Do you know if I can use this same method for other kinds of vegtables like carrots, or brocoli? Thanks agian!!

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      9 years ago

      I've been doing the same thing with my beans - bush and pole. In Florida though, we grow in the winter and freeze for the summer. The Ziploc vacuum bags work very well for what you're doing, especially for smaller quantities (only two in my family.) Enjoy your posts.

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      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      this is an interesting tip, jennifer. i have been looking for ways to retain the freshness and green look of the beans. thank you for sharing.

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      9 years ago from On New Footing


    • wesleycox profile image


      9 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      I love green beans, I grew some bush green beans once but I picked them all at the same time, my wife then canned them. This is a great tip for green bean lovers.


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