How to Freeze Beans
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How to Freeze Beans

This guide shows how to freeze beans easily at home. Beans are easy to grow and will only need regular watering, fertiliser and a fence to run up. They give continuous picking but when you have a flush it is easy to freeze whatever you have left over saving you money in the long term.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Saucepan – In the market for a new set? This top rated set from Amazon is great value. (Paid link)
  • Bowl of Ice Water
  • Freezer Bags
  • Stainless Steel Sieve (Plastic sieves will eventually weaken and melt.) If you don’t have one try this set from Amazon. (Paid link)


It is best to freeze beans as soon as possible after picking but if you need to leave them overnight then store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to Freeze Beans

  1. Wash then Slice

    First wash the beans then cut the ends off with a sharp knife. Slice into smaller pieces if you like or leave them whole.

    Blanch beans in a metal sieve before freezing.

  2. Boil the Water

    Boil water in the saucepan then either put the beans straight into the water or put them into the sieve then place the sieve into the water. The sieve makes transferring the beans easier.
    Boil for 1 minute.

    Beans blanching in a saucepan of water.

  3. Cool and Bag

    Remove the beans then place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
    Drain well then place into freezer bags. If your freezer bags are thin then it is a good idea to double them up to protect the beans from freezer burn.

    Beans cooling in ice water after blanching to stop the cooking process.

  4. Label and Freeze

    Push any air out of the bags then secure and label with the date. Freeze immediately.

    Storing frozen beans in freezer bags.

Storage Time for Frozen Beans

Beans should be used within six to eight months.


Put enough beans in each freezer bag that will feed your family for one meal. This will make it easier later on when you are cooking and don’t want to measure out the right amount.

To save or print this guide on how to freeze beans, here is the PDF Version.

Do you love preserving food from your garden?  You might be interested in Freezing OnionsFreezing Raspberries or Freezing Broccoli.

For more information on canning, freezing and drying food try this guide to Food Preservation.

Do you love growing your own food? Try this free Homesteading guide.

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