Do you ever wonder what to do with the abundance of green beans that you have?
I know that every single year, we always have way more beans than we can eat fresh, so I always come down to the question: to can or freeze?
Often I answer with this question by thinking about how much TIME I have. Canning beans, though I enjoy doing it, is time consuming - more so than freezing. That is why so far this year, I have resorted to freezing. I thought why not share these simple tips on how to freeze green beans?
Start by washing/rinsing off your green beans. Who knows what has landed on them while in the garden!
Boil water in a pan until it is rolling. Add your green beans and BLANCH for 3 minutes (which means boil for just a few minutes and then...)
*You will read that there are various suggestions on how long to blanch green beans - do what you feel comfortable doing
Immediately place them in a bowl of ice water and give them an ice water bath for 3 minutes.
Spread out on a towel or paper towel to allow to dry (to prevent freezer burn)
Place green beans in freezer bags and put in your freezer for use throughout the winter!
My FAVORITE green bean recipe is the classic Green Bean Casserole. This is one recipe I never get sick of and always request for a big meal!
What is YOUR favorite recipe using GREEN BEANS?