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How to Freeze Green Beans

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How to Freeze Green Beans.

Can you freeze green beans?

Absolutely! Green beans freeze really well. There are several methods you can use to freeze fresh green beans. Green beans are also an easy vegetable to grow, especially for beginners. So, if you have an abundance of fresh green beans left over from your garden this year, freezing them is your answer. We are a family on a budget whom also love enjoying the best produce possible. This is why I love my freezer. Buying produce in bulk, at the peak of freshness, allows us to eat healthy organic food at a great price point. Whatever your reason for freezing green beans, you will love them out of the freezer. One of my favorite ways to use frozen green beans is as a simple side for dinner. We love adding in some butter, salt, and garlic for a tasty side to our freezer meals.

Why you will love freezing Strawberries at home.

  • Takes 5 Minutes
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  • Saves Money
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Method #1: Freeze Unblanched Green Beans

Method 1 for freezing unblanched green beans is by far the most time efficient method. If you are on the go and do not have time for extras then this is the best way for you to freeze your fresh green beans.

Step 1: Wash green beans

First, be sure to wash your green beans. Be sure to also look through your batch while washing and remove any less than desirable green beans or long stems.

Step 2: Snap off ends

Snapping green beans is truly therapeutic for me. You can leave them long and snap off the ends before freezing, or cut to size if you want a classic inch long piece. This is all the prep necessary for method 1.

Step 3: Place prepped green beans into a freezer bag.

Add your prepped green beans into a labeled gallon freezer bag. Be sure to remove as much air as possible and then freeze.

Step 4: Freeze for 6-9 months.

Green beans should stay good for 6-9 months in the freezer. TIP: Don’t forget to label the freezer bag and write an expiration date on the bag. (Today’s date plus 6-9 months).

Method #2: Freeze Blanched Green Beans

Step 1: Prepare a Baking Sheet with Parchment Paper

Cover a baking sheet (with a lip) with parchment paper. This will keep your green beans from sticking and make it easy to transfer once frozen.

Step 2: Bring a Large Pot of Water to a Boil.

Blanching is a method of sticking vegetables into boiling water for 1-2 minutes and then setting into an ice bath. Be sure to get a pot of boiling water on the stove right away so you are not waiting on the water.

Step 3: Snap Ends off Green Beans.

While the water is boiling, snap the ends off your fresh green beans. Cut to preferred size if you want or leave them whole and rustic.

Step 4: Blanch Green Beans for 1-2 Minutes.

Set green beans into boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then remove and place into an ice bath, or run under cold water for a few minutes.

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Step 5: Place Green Beans into Prepared Baking Sheet.

Set baking sheet with green beans into the freezer for 1-2 hours. Do not freeze too much longer than 2 hours otherwise green beans may develop freezer burn. Green beans will be mostly frozen with a couple spots that may still have to freeze completely. Don’t worry if they still have a little way to go. They will finish freezing in step 6.

Step 6: Transfer frozen green beans into a freezer bag.

Once green beans are in a freezer bag remove as much air as possible and seal. TIP: Don’t forget to label the freezer bag and write an expiration date on the bag. (Today’s date plus 6-9 months). *See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe card below. *Frozen green beans will last for 6-9 months in the freezer, if frozen properly. Be sure to use freezer bags when storing or any other air tight container. 

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2 Methods for Freezing Fresh Green Beans. 👇

How to Freeze Green Beans

Learn 2 of the best methods for how to freeze green beans. Both the blanch and unblanched method of freezing green beans.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blanched Green Beans, Frozen Green Beans, How to Freeze Green Beans

Materials

  • Green Beans as much as you want to freeze

Instructions

Method #1: Freeze Unblanched Green Beans

  • Wash Green Beans
    First be sure to wash your green beans. Be sure to also look through while washing and remove any less then desirable green beans or long stems.
  • Snap off ends
    Snapping green beans is truly theraputic for me. You can leave them long and snap off the ends before freezing, or cut to size if you want a classic inch long piece. This is all the prep necessary for method 1. 
  • Place prepped green beans into freezer bag. 
    Add your prepped green beans into a labeled gallon freezer bag. Be sure to remove as much air as possible and then freeze. 
  • Freeze for 6-9 months.
    Green beans should stay good for 6-9 months in the freezer. 

Method #2: Freeze Blanched Green Beans

  • Prepare a Baking Sheet with Parchment Paper
    Cover a baking sheet (with a lip) with parchment paper. This will keep your green beans from sticking and make it easy to transfer once frozen. 
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 
    Blanching is a method of sticking vegetables into boiling water for 1-2 minutes and then setting into an ice bath. Be sure to get a pot of boiling water on the stove right away so you are not waiting on the water. 
  • Snap ends off green beans.
    While the water boiling snap the ends off your fresh green beans. Cut to preferred size if you want or leave them whole and rustic. 
  • Blanch Green Beans for 1-2 Minutes. 
    Set green beans into boiling water for 1-2 minutes then remove and place into an ice bath, or run under cold water for a few minutes. 
  • Place Green Beans into Prepared Baking Sheet. 
    Set baking sheet with green beans into the freezer for 1-2 hours. Do not freeze too much longer than 2 hours otherwise green beans may develop freezer burn.
    Green beans will be mostly frozen with a couple spots that may still have to freeze completely. 
    Don’t worry if they still have a little way to go. They will finish freezing in step 6.  
  • Transfer frozen green beans into a freezer bag. 
    Once green beans are in a freezer bag remove as much air as possible and seal. 
    TIP: Don’t forget to label the freezer bag and write an expiration date on the bag. (Today’s date plus 6-9 months).

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