I love growing green beans and when putting them away in the summer my method of choice is usually canning them. A few years back I didn’t have the time to get them canned so I decided to freeze them and I am thankful I did because I found out I love using frozen green beans for cooking. Now I still do a lot of canning but I will also freeze a lot of green beans and use them in completely different recipes than I do my canned beans. and freezing beans is a great option for someone who doesn’t have a pressure canner or pressure canning scares them.
If you are interested in knowing more about pressure canning click here and check out my post on it.
So freezing green beans is super easy and super fast!!
The first few steps of picking and snapping are all the same as what I shared in my pressure canning post only I like to wash them before they are snapped instead of after that way they are dried off.
So you can either snap them into 1/2 inch pieces like I do when canning them or…
Just take off the ends and leave them whole. This is what I do most of the time.
Once they are snapped all I do is throw them onto a cookie sheet and pop them into the freezer to flash freeze them. This is why I wash them before snapping them. I want them dry before I place them into the freezer, that way they don’t stick together when frozen.
I usually let them sit in the freezer over night and then the next morning I will separate them into Ziploc freezer bags that have the year and contents written on them.
*When storing produce in the bags in the freezer don’t skimp on the bags. Buy name brand freezer ones. They are better and are worth the extra pennies to keep all your hard work fresh!
I’ve had questions from people about blanching them first before freezing them. I don’t. It’s that simple. I actually didn’t know you should when I first did this and I have never had a problem with the quality of the beans because I don’t do it. Depending on what I am doing with them later I may need to blanch them then, but I don’t always so it’s no big deal.
There y’all have it a super simple way of putting green beans away that doesn’t involve a pressure canner.
Shoot me questions if ya got’em