Freezing Green Beans

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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 page about freezing green beans.


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You don't have to stand over a pot of boiling water to blanch green beans anymore. The instant pot makes it easy.


  1. Add 1 3/4 cups of water to the liner.
  2. Put in a steamer basket.
  3. Wash green beans and cut off ends. You can snap in half, if long.
  4. Pressure cook for 0 minutes. Quick release. Run under cold water
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  6. I spread mine out on a towel to dry completely.
  7. Label and freeze. If you freeze in a single layer, they won't stick together.
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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.

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.


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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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July 22, 2006

A Guide to Freezing String Beans. Select slender, smooth young pods when the seed is first formed. Beans should be firm and tender.

Freezing String Beans

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September 13, 2011

How do you prepare yellow beans for freezing?

By Nancy P.


September 13, 20110 found this helpful
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I would do it the same way as for the green beans.

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July 27, 2011

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

By Teri


July 27, 20110 found this helpful

No once they have been froze you can't can them they would be way to soft and mushey.


I prefer canned to frozen but if you do not have enough I would freeze them, so they won't go to waste.

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful


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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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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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August 5, 2012

How do I freeze small batches of green beans?

By June from MS


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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How do I freeze fresh green beans?

By Emily P. Cogburn

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

Can you freeze green beans after they have been frozen?

By Donna H

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August 9, 2012

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


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

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

By Wendy B


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

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

By Debbie


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

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

By Ron


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

How do I freeze green beans from the garden?

By Cindy S


July 24, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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July 22, 2009

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

By gale barber from Murphy, NC


July 22, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, good luck.

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July 22, 2005

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

Ms Janette


July 23, 20050 found this helpful

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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October 1, 2012

How does one prepare green beans for freezing?

By Sheila D.

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September 7, 2012

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

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