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How to Freeze Green Beans

Freezing is the easiest way to preserve fresh summer green beans to enjoy all year long. For the highest quality and nutrition, green beans should be frozen at the peak of freshness.... as soon after harvesting as possible.

If you have a garden and grow your own green beans, pick the beans when they are crisp, smooth and fully grown, but the inner beans are still small and tender. Green beans should not be tough, stringy, or lumpy. Lumps and bulges are a sign that the beans are over-ripe.

When buying from a market or farm stand, select beans that are bright and smooth. They should snap crisply when broken. Avoid green beans that are pale and yellowed, limp and wilted, wrinkled or blemished.

To preserve quality, green beans, as well as most fresh vegetables, must be blanched before freezing. Fresh vegetables contain enzymes and bacteria that will destroy nutrients and change the color, flavor and texture... even after freezing . Blanching destroys the enzymes that cause such changes and removes dirt and bacteria.

Blanching is a simple two-step process. First the vegetables are immersed in boiling water, then in cold water to cool and stop the cooking process. Correct timing is essential when blanching. It must be long enough to stop the action of the enzymes and kill any bacteria. The vegetables must be then be sufficiently cooled or they will continue to cook, resulting in soft and mushy vegetables. For green beans the correct boiling time is 3 to 3-1/2 minutes and the correct cooling time is 3 to 3-1/2 minutes. Blanch about one pound of beans at a time. Use about one gallon of water for a pound of beans.

Freezing fresh green beans... step-by-step...

Freezing Tips -

To cook frozen green beans .....

Stove-Top Cooking -
To cook about 8 to 12 ounces of frozen, cut green beans...
In a medium size saucepan, bring about 1/2 cup lightly salted water to a boil. Add the frozen green beans. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes or to desired tenderness.

Microwave Cooking -
Place about 8 to 12 ounces of frozen, cut green beans in a microwave-safe casserole dish or bowl. Add about 2 tablespoons water. Cover and microwave on 100% power for 6 to 12 minutes or to desired tenderness. Stop to stir about half way through the cooking time.


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