Freezing Green Beans

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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July 7, 2006 Flag
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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.
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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.
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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.
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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

The above posting by Bonnie says she freezes green beans right out of the garden. Does anyone else use this method, and do they turn out as well as the blanched ones? I have lots of beans to put up, and very little time. Please reply quickly, or email me at JaysBetterHalf at aol dot com

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August 17, 20080 found this helpful

I would like to know the best way to freeze beans with out blanching them.

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July 27, 2011 Flag
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Can green beans be frozen until enough are collected to then can?

By Teri

July 28, 20110 found this helpful

Yes.

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

As long as you don't cook them before you freeze them you will be fine. Think of frozen green beans from the store. When they thaw they are practally raw and they have even been blanched a little. If you don't like the results you don't have to do it again but I think you will be happy with it.

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August 31, 2014 Flag
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How long do I boil my frozen boilable bag of blanched green beans? I have several bags of seasoned blanched green beans in boilable bags which I have frozen. When I want to use them, do I just place a bag in boiling water and boil for a few more minutes to be table ready? How long would you suggest for them not to be too "chewy?" I blanched them 7 minutes before freezing.

By Ida C.

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September 3, 20140 found this helpful

I stir fry my frozen green beans. They are delicious. Put a little olive oil in pan and get it hot. Add green beans, salt, pepper and garlic to taste. Stir until done as desired.

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August 5, 2012 Flag
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How do I freeze small batches of green beans?

By June from MS

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August 6, 20120 found this helpful

Blanching green beans before freezing allows them to keep their color.

1.) Fill a pot with water

2.) Put the green beans in a strainer on top of the water

3.) Bring the water to a boil and steam for 3-5 minutes, covered

4.) Quickly put green beans in ice water to cool down for about 6 minutes

5.) Place green beans in a sealed bag inside freezer

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August 13, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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March 11, 2012 Flag
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Can you freeze fresh cooked green beans and red potatoes?

By Dee

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March 11, 20120 found this helpful

Don't know about red potatoes but I know you can freeze cooked green beans. My mother and I just defrosted her freezer and there was a bushell of beans in it. She did mention they had been in the freezer so long they were only good for stew and she threw out most of them (she hardly ever makes stew). If I remember right it looked like they were just cooked, as in for canning, put in a ziplock bag and frozen. She did the same thing with some stuffed peppers but there were some peppers in seal tight containers (like they sell ham and other deli meat in).

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March 12, 20120 found this helpful

Saw this and thought you might be interested http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf58765562.tip.html

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July 2, 2010 Flag
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How do I freeze fresh green beans?

By Emily

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July 2, 20100 found this helpful

Clean them and put them in a pot of boiling water for 1-2 minutes - this is blanching - it will seal in their green color. After taking them from pot, put them in a ice water bath. Drain, dry them with paper towels, place them on cookie sheets and freeze. Then you can pack them in freezer bags in whatever amount you desire. Be sure to mark bags the dates - when ready to use, prepare as you normally would. Delicious with chopped onions and bacon!

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July 7, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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September 19, 2012 Flag
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Can you freeze green beans after they have been frozen?

By Donna H

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September 24, 20120 found this helpful

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

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August 9, 2012 Flag
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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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August 13, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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July 22, 2012 Flag
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How do you prepare green beans for the freezer, without them going mushy?

By Wendy B

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July 23, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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June 18, 2012 Flag
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Whats the best way to freeze green beans so they will taste fresh?

By Debbie

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June 18, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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May 13, 2012 Flag
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I want to freeze fresh green beans. How do I?

By Ron

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May 13, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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July 24, 2011 Flag
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How do I freeze green beans from the garden?

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