Friday, October 7, 2011
How to Freeze Fresh Green Beans
This one is not so much a recipe as a how-to. We were blessed to receive lots and lots (and lots and lots) of green beans from our CSA farm this year. So many, in fact, that we could not possibly keep up with eating them all fresh.
So....I asked my son to research ways to freeze them for later use. He did me one better. He not only did the research, but then came downstairs and did the work as well. That was a great day!
The first thing he did was snap off the stem ends of the beans.
Next, he blanched them in boiling water for three minutes.
The next step was to take the beans out of the boiling water and put them in a bowl of ice water, also for three minutes.
After that, he put the beans on a cookie sheet covered with a clean towel so they could dry a bit.
One of the most important steps, according to him, is to make sure that you label the bag. I am sure this will seem more important to me in December when I am looking for these green beans in the freezer!
Next the green beans go into the bag, and then into the freezer.
Thanks to my son for freezing the green beans. I am sure we will enjoy them this winter, after we haven't had any in a while.