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Can you freeze green beans? Yes, you certainly can! Preserving isn’t just about canning, you can freeze almost as much as you can can with little prep, so you can enjoy your garden’s harvest year round!

Freezing or Canning

This all comes down to personal preference, as well as storage space. If you have a lot of freezer space as we do, you can get away with freezing a lot of your food. Since I don’t have a pressure canner (right now), I am limited on what I can safely can with the water bath method. This means that I can only can high acidic foods/recipes and green beans don’t fall into that category. Freezing is my preserving method until I get around to investing in a pressure canner. I will most likely still freeze green beans even when I get around to pressure canning since I am not a fan of canned green beans.

What you need to Freeze Green Beans

  • Paring knife, clean scissors
  • Blancher or a big pot
  • Freezer bags
  • Cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Large bowl
  • Ice
  • Green beans

How to Freeze Green Beans

  1. Start by washing and drying your green beans thoroughly. I like to fill my kitchen sink up with water and swish them around until all of the dirt falls to the bottom of the sink. I then drain and clean the sink, followed by rewashing the beans in batches to ensure all of the debris is removed. Once the green beans are nice and clean lay them out on towels to dry.
  2. Once the green beans are dry, cut the ends off of the green beans using a paring knife or clean scissors. I personally use scissors since it is super quick, and I can be more precise on my cutting. I like to cut as little off as possible to preserve as much of the green bean as I can. Once the ends of the green beans are cut, this is where you can cut the beans to your desired size. I like to keep some batches as full size and some cut in half.
  3. Fill your pot or blancher with water. I use a large pot, and I fill the pot halfway with water. Allow your water to get to a rolling boil before adding in your beans. Once the water is boiling carefully pour in your beans. If you have a lot of beans to freeze, add beans in batches. You want your beans to be fully submerged in the water.
  4. Once your beans have been added to the boiling water, you will notice the water will stop boiling. Keep an eye on the water and once the water begins to boil again. Quickly remove the beans and put them in an ice bath to stop them from cooking further. Have a bowl of cold water and ice beside the stove to transfer them right from the pot.
  5. Once your beans have cooled (they will cool fast), place them on a towel to remove any excess water.
  6. This step is optional, but I like to flash freeze most of my produce so I don’t get stuck with a large chunk of frozen beans in a freezer bag. To flash freeze, place the beans on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, spacing the beans so they don’t touch one another. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  7. Once your green beans have frozen on the cookie sheets, transfer them into freezer bags and remove as much air as possible. Put the bags in the freezer to enjoy all year!
Freeze Green Beans

Freeze Green Beans

Yield: 6 bags
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 3 minutes

This recipe will allow you to enjoy your fresh green beans all year long!

Ingredients

  • Paring knife, clean scissors
  • Blancher or a big pot
  • Freezer bags
  • Cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Large bowl
  • Ice
  • Fresh green beans

Instructions

  1. Start by washing and drying your green beans thoroughly. I like to fill my kitchen sink up with water and swish them around until all of the dirt falls to the bottom of the sink. I then drain and clean the sink, followed by rewashing the beans in batches to ensure all of the debris is removed. Once the green beans are nice and clean lay them out on towels to dry.
  2. Once the green beans are dry, cut the ends off of the green beans using a paring knife or clean scissors. I personally use scissors since it is super quick, and I can be more precise on my cutting, I like to cut as little off as possible to preserve as much of the green bean as I can. Once the ends of the green beans are cut, this is where you can cut the beans to your desired size. I like to keep some batches as full size and some cut in half.
  3. Fill your pot or blancher with water. I use a large pot, and I fill the pot halfway with water. Allow your water to get to a rolling boil before adding in your beans. Once the water is boiling carefully pour in your beans. If you have a lot of beans to freeze, add beans in batches, You want your beans to be fully submerged in the water.
  4. Once your beans have been added to the boiling water, you will notice the water will stop boiling. Keep an eye on the water and once the water begins to boil again, quickly remove the beans and put them in an ice bath to stop them from cooking further. I like to have a bowl of cold water and ice beside my stove so I can transfer them right from the pot.
  5. Once your beans have cooled (they will cool fast), place them on a towel to remove any excess water.
  6. This step is optional, but I like to flash freeze most of my produce so I don't get stuck with a large chunk of frozen beans in a freezer bag. To flash freeze, place the beans on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, spacing the beans so they don't touch one another. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
  7. Once your green beans have frozen on the cookie sheets, transfer them into freezer bags and remove as much air as possible, and put the bags in the freezer to enjoy all year!

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How to Freeze Green Beans

7/14/22

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