Sunday, August 5, 2012

Freezing Green Beans

Between our weekly CSA and our journey to the farmer's market last week, we had an abundance of green and yellow beans hanging around. I knew we wouldn't get to eating all of them in time, so I processed them in a large batch and froze them for future eating. How? Very simply.

Frozen Green Beans
Any quantity of green or yellow beans

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, top and tail all the beans. When the water is boiling, put the green beans (in batches) into the water. When the water comes back to a boil, cook for 1 minute exactly.

2. With a spider or strainer, remove the beans from the water and put on some sort of draining device or on towels to dry. Repeat with the remaining green beans in batches.

My draining racks

3. When the beans are dry, put them into freezer bags and suck out as much air as possible. **I use Ziploc bags with the vacuum seal tool that allows you to remove most of the air from the bag, getting a vacuum-like seal without the expense of a vacuum sealer.

4. Freeze for up to 6 months.

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