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
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- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Label and Freeze
Push any air out of the bags then secure and label with the date. Freeze immediately.
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.
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For more information on canning, freezing and drying food try this guide to Food Preservation.
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