Thursday, August 11, 2011

Freezing Bush Beans

Our bean crop is a little later than usual, but it is coming in nicely and it's time to freeze some for the winter.  Here's the process I use.
Pick beans from garden
Cut both ends off the beans.
Wash.
Cut as desired.  I chose to "french" some beans (slice lengthwise in thin slices) and to cut some in 1/2 inch pieces.
Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Add beans to boiling water.
Bring water back to full rolling boil.
Boil beans for 3 minutes, just enough to kill the enzymes that would otherwise give your beans a bad flavour, even in the freezer.
Place beans in cold water with ice cubes to cool rapidly and prevent further cooking.
Drain beans
Place in freezer bags.
Use a straw to remove any extra air (poor man's version of vaccum sealing!)
Place in freezer and enjoy within 1 year.
 And voila, you have beans to enjoy throughout the year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another great way to preserve beans with a little less work is to clean them, then put the desired amount straight into a zip-lock bag, cover them with water and freeze.

I will do this, and with Green Bean soup in mind, put the correct amount of beans in the bags and accounting for the amount of water I froze them in, just rip the bag open and dump into the soup broth.