Freeze fresh green beans from your garden or the farmer's market to enjoy them all year long. We take you from blanching green beans to freezing them. Time to start preserving!
It's easy to freeze fresh green beans, and they last several months in the freezer. Plus, frozen green beans are a convenient and flavorful addition to many recipes.
Selecting Green Beans
Many recipes, such as those for soups or casseroles, call for cut green beans. If desired, cut the beans into 1- to 2-inch pieces before freezing. Or leave the beans whole and, if desired, cut the frozen beans into pieces just before using.
Label each container or bag with its contents, amount, and date. Lay bags flat; add bags or containers to freezer in batches to make sure they freeze quickly. Leave space between bags or containers so air can circulate around them.
When frozen solid, the bags or containers can be placed closer together. Use frozen green beans within 8 to 10 months.