My family loves eating vegetables and one of the family favourites is the popular green beans. I’m a working mom and I always want to serve my family good food, so I always want to find some useful life hacks on how to prolong shelf life of fresh produce. That way, I can save more time, money, and effort from always going to the market to buy fresh veggies. I have learned that there are some fresh veggies that will last longer when frozen but I’m not so sure about the green beans. So, can I freeze fresh green beans?
That’s a very good question to ask coming from a very busy mom who still puts her family’s needs ahead of everything. Good thing we could answer that so others can also benefit from this query.
Many people are asking if green beans and all other kinds of beans can be frozen in order to preserve them. The answer is yes. Just like any other beans and peas, green beans can also be frozen to prolong its shelf life. There are two ways to do it; the blanched and the non-blanched processes.
Can You Freeze Fresh Green Beans?
- Freezing green beans is one way of preserving it for a couple of months. To preserve green beans you may also do the canning and bottling processes.
- There are two common methods in preparing the green beans for freezing. You can do the blanched or the non-blanched way. Either way, the outcome is almost the same but the non-blanched cooks longer though.
- Blanching beans before freezing halts the enzymes’ natural function to ripen and cause the produce to rot. This process also shrinks vegetables to save storage spaces and it brightens the colors of the veggies.
- You may opt to cut or not to cut the beans before the freezing process. It’s all up to you if you want them cut for easy cooking later. Make sure the beans are thoroughly dried before packing to prevent crystals from forming.
- As for the non-blanched method, you may or may not wash the beans first before putting them inside the freezer bag or containers. Vacuum as much air as possible and label them with dates before putting them inside the freezer.
- Stack them inside the freezer with spaces between so the air can circulate to prevent them from sticking together. All this methods in freezing green beans have negligible effects on quality, nutritive value and taste. Let it thaw as is and not in water as this will make it soggy or mushy.
How to Freeze Fresh Green Beans?
There are two methods used in freezing fresh green beans. Just follow these simple steps and you’re good to go.
For the blanched method, these are the steps to follow:
- Wash or wipe clean the green beans then trim the ends as you wish. To slice or not to slice them depends on your likings and preferences.
- Boil a pan of saltwater solution and prepare an ice bath for cooling the beans after blanching.
- Dip the beans in the boiling water and let soak for about 2 minutes or until the color turns deep bright green.
- Cool the beans immediately to stop cooking by plunging them into the ice bath then drain them thoroughly afterwards.
- Towel-dry or air-dry the beans to dry them completely and remove the excess moisture to prevent crystal formation.
- Pack the beans in freezer bags or containers and vacuum as much air as possible before putting them inside the freezer.
- Label them with dates and stack the containers inside the freezer for initial freezing with spaces in between so air can circulate to prevent them from sticking together.
- After the initial freezing, you may stack them the way you want and they should be ready for consumption up to the next 8 to 10 months.
For the non-blanched method, just follow the same steps except steps 2, 3, and 4.
Green Bean Recipes
How to Make Garlic Green Beans Recipe from Scratch (Frozen) – Quick & Easy
A delicious side dish of chopped green beans and garlic with red pepper flakes, sautéed in oil and butter and seasoned with salt, then garnished with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Kicked up Frozen Green Beans
A spicy side dish of whole green beans cooked in water, drained, and tossed ala salad with olive oil, seasoned with sea salt, mixed peppercorn, Greek seasoning, and parmesan cheese.
Garlic Green Beans- Become Your Own Favorite Chef with Amy Westerman
A simpler version of garlic and whole green beans, just sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with salt, cooked to just the right crispiness and taste.