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Green beans can grow in abundance in your garden. If you need to keep some for later, freezing a great way to do that. This is a guide about freezing green beans.

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Article: Freezing String Beans

Freezing String Beans

Selecting High-Quality Green, Snap, or Wax Beans:

Select slender, smooth young pods when the seed is first formed. Beans should be firm and tender. Avoid dry-looking beans, mature beans with bulges and beans with excessive scars or blemishes. Whether yellow (wax beans) or green, the beans should have a bright, vibrant color. freezing guide

Preparing for Freezing:

Wash in cold water, snip off ends and cut into 2 to 4-inch lengths or slice lengthwise for French style beans. Smaller beans can be left whole.

Blanching Time:

Water-blanch (1 pound at a time) for 2 to 3 minutes or steam-blanch for 3 to 4 minutes. Cool promptly and drain. Green beans can also be frozen unblanched.

Best Freezing Method(s):

Unblanched

This is the fastest method for freezing whole or Julienne beans. Clean and prepare beans. Place desired amounts into plastic bags or other suitable container and freeze.

Boilable Bags

Clean and prepare spears. Place desired amounts of beans into boilable bags, add desired seasoning, press out air and seal. Blanch bags in boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes depending on size of the beans. Cool bags in ice water, pat dry and freeze.

Dry Packs

Once cooled, transfer blanched green beans directly into suitable containers for freezing. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing string beans includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Maximum Storage Time:

Freeze blanched beans 10 to 12 months at 0º. Unblanched beans will hold up for 6 months at 0ºF.

Thawing:

Add frozen beans directly to dishes when cooking.

Tips & Shortcuts:

The less contact beans have with water during freezing and cooking, the better they will retain their original flavor and texture.

Refrigerating Green Beans:

Leave beans whole and unwashed and store them in a perforated plastic bag in the warmest parts of the refrigerator for 3 to 6 days.

Tip: Freezing Green Beans

Frozen Green Beans in a pot

Selecting High-Quality Beans:

Select young tender pods when the seed is first formed.

Preparing for Freezing:

Wash in cold water, snip off ends and cut into 2 to 4-inch lengths or slice lengthwise for French style beans.

Blanching Time:

Water-blanch (1 pound at a time) for 2 to 3 minutes or steam-blanch for 3 to 4 minutes. Cool promptly and drain. Green beans can also be frozen unblanched.

Best Freezing Method(s):

  • Unblanched: This is the fastest method for freezing whole or Julienne beans. Clean and prepare beans. Place desired amounts into plastic bags or other suitable container and freeze.

  • Boilable Bags: Clean and prepare spears. Place desired amounts of beans into boilable bags, add desired seasoning, press out air and seal. Blanch bags in boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the beans. Cool bags in ice water, pat dry and freeze.

  • Dry Packs: Once cooled, transfer blanched green beans directly into suitable containers for freezing. Leave 1/2 inch of headspace.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing green beans includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Maximum Storage Time:

Freeze blanched beans 10 to 12 months at 0ºF. Unblanched beans will hold up for 6 months at 0ºF.

Thawing:

Add directly into dishes.

Tips & Shortcuts:

The less contact beans have with water during freezing and cooking, the better they will retain their original flavor and texture.

Refrigerating Green Beans:

Leave beans whole and unwashed and store them in a perforated plastic bag in the warmest part of the refrigerator for 3 to 6 days.

By Ellen Brown

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Question: Freezing Green Beans

How does one prepare green beans for freezing?

By Sheila D.

Question: Refreezing Green Beans

Can you freeze green beans after they have been frozen?

By Donna H


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By judy09/24/2012

Not a real good idea. Flavor and texture will be compromised.

Question: Freezing White Half Runner Green Beans

I have some white half runner green beans. Can you freeze them in a vacuum-freezer bag after stringing and breaking them? with-out blanching?

By Margaret

Question: Frozen Green Beans are Bitter

I froze green beans one year. During the blanching I added a pinch of baking soda to take out the bitter taste that my mother-in-law told me they would have due to the freezer drying them. I placed them in plastic bags. Come winter, they were bitter and we couldn't eat them. What happened?

By Missy C


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By susan [5]08/13/2012

I've eaten homegrown frozen green beans all my life and have never thought them to taste bitter. I've never used baking soda during the blanching process, just follow the instructions in my kerr/ball canning book.

Question: Freezing Green Beans

How do I freeze small batches of green beans?

By June from MS


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By ~gloria [90]08/13/2012

I like to grow Royal Burgundy bush type green beans. They are a wine color on the bush. Then they tell you when you have blanched them enough by turning green in the water. That's when I take them out, cool in ice water, then freeze whatever amount you want in freezer bags. There are just two of us to feed now, so a couple handfulls per bag is enough for a meal.

Question: Freezing Green Beans

How do you prepare green beans for the freezer, without them going mushy?

By Wendy B


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By Joan [13]07/23/2012

No matter whose frozen green beans I have tried, I have never had mushy ones, but they have always, been tough or basically like they only partially cooked.

Question: Freezing Green Beans

Whats the best way to freeze green beans so they will taste fresh?

By Debbie


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By Joan [13]06/18/2012

My opinion of frozen green beans isn't real great. Taste wise they are OK, but no matter how they are frozen, whether home frozen or purchased, they are tough. When I had a garden I always canned the green beans for that reason. The canned ones don't look as nice, color wise, but all the people I have known prefer them over frozen.

Question: Freezing Green Beans

I want to freeze fresh green beans. How do I?

By Ron


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05/13/2012

Blanch the beans for three minutes. As soon as the blancing is done immediately give the beans an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Pat beans dry, place in zip lock freezer bags and remove as much air from the freezer bags as possible because both patting dry and removing air help to reduce freezer burn.

Question: Freezing Cooked Green Beans

Can you freeze fresh cooked green beans and red potatoes?

By Dee


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By Suntydt [75]03/12/2012

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Question: Freezing Green Beans

Can green beans be frozen until enough are collected to then can?

By Teri


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By Cindy07/28/2011

Never heard of canning something that's been frozen. If you are going to can anything it should be as fresh as possible. I can't see going to all that work and having something you probably will not be able to eat. You might try canning another vegetable with the same process time to fill up your canner.

Question: Freezing Green Beans

How do I freeze green beans from the garden?

By Cindy S


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By marty [3]07/24/2011

Drop green beans in boiling water for a 3 minutes. They will turn bright green, the scoop out and put in cold water. Then a couple minutes later, put them in a colander to drain. Put in Ziploc bags and try to get all the air out/run thru a foodsaver and freeze. Keeps for a year if done with the foodsaver.

Question: How Do I Freeze Fresh Green Beans?

How do I freeze fresh green beans?

By Emily


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By Dorina [2]07/07/2010

I do it the same way by blanching. Only after they dry I toss into the baggies. But I like the idea of freezing them on a baking sheet first.

Question: Freezing Pole Beans

Do you freeze Pole beans the same way as String beans?

By Tedty from Murphy, NC


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By kathleen williams [23]07/22/2009

Yes, good luck.

Question: Freezing Snap Beans

I would like to know how to prepare snap beans for freezing?

Ms Janette


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By Jan07/23/2005

1.Wash beans and look for any blemishes.

2.Then remove tips and sting (if the string type.
break into desireable peices.
3.dip in boiling hot water for a couple minutes Beans will change to a bright green color.
4.Then remove immediately to a pot of ice cold water to cool down .
5.Put in freezer bags and place in freezer.
This is how I have always done it and they have always come out tasting fresh. JAN

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Archive: Freezing Green Beans

I would like to know about freezing green beans. I don't really know how and would like to know a little about it. I also would like to know if they are as good frozen as canned? I have never done either one, but putting then in the freezer sounds much easier. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Teresa

Answers:
Freezing Green and Yellow Beans 07/12/2004
When selecting beans for freezing, choose young tender beans that are at their peak of flavor and texture. They should snap when broken. If possible, harvest vegetables in the cool part of the morning and process as quickly as possible. If the freezing process is delayed, immerse vegetables in very cold water or refrigerate in shallow pans to preserve quality and nutrients.

To freeze beans, follow these steps.

First, wash; snip off tips, and sort for size. Cut or break into suitable pieces. Small beans can be frozen whole.

Next, blanch beans. There are two blanching methods.

Boiling water method - use one gallon of water per pound of vegetables. Bring water to a rolling boil and add vegetables. Cover and boil 3 minutes from the time you add vegetables to the water.

Steam blanching - put 1" of water into a kettle. Add a layer of vegetables. Cover and steam for about 4 to 4 1/2 minutes.

Cool quickly in ice water.

Drain completely. Extra water forms too many ice crystals.

There are also two methods for packing beans - dry or tray pack.

With the dry pack method, beans are packed tightly into containers or freezer bags in order to exclude air. If freezer bags are used, be sure to press air out of the unfilled part of the bag before sealing.

The tray pack method involves putting a single layer of beans on a shallow pan and putting the pan into the freezer. When the beans are frozen, put them into a freezer bag or container. Be sure to put beans into a sealable container as soon as they are frozen.

Beans will maintain high quality for 12 to 18 months at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Longer storage decreases overall quality. It is best to use and enjoy the beans before the next harvest.

Source: University of Minnesota Extension

By Anne H.
Freezing Green Beans 07/06/2005
I freeze green beans and they taste like they just came out of the garden. Pick your beans. String and break them up but DO NOT WASH them. they are called dirty beans. when get ready to cook, then wash and put on to cook while still frozen.
By Bonnie