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Here’s how to freeze green beans! Use this quick trick to preserve the life of fresh green beans outside the season.

How to freeze green beans
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Got a bunch of green beans and don’t have time to use them? Use this quick trick: how to freeze green beans! Fresh green beans are like gold, but sometimes you don’t have enough time to use them all. Freezing them locks in their green color and fresh flavor for using in recipes for months beyond. Here are a few tips on how to freeze fresh green beans like a professional!

How to freeze green beans

Green beans require one step before freezing: blanching. Is it really necessary? In a word: yes. Blanching is boiling vegetables until crisp tender, then plunging them into ice water to stop the cooking process. This helps to keep vegetables colorful over time by locking in a beautifully bright color, and helps them last longer by stopping the enzyme activity that results in deteriorating their texture, color, and flavor.

Here’s how to freeze green beans:

  1. Trim and chop the green beans to the desired length. 
  2. Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the beans and boil for 2 minutes. 
  3. Rinse the beans under cold water until they are cool to the touch.
  4. Pat the beans dry. Place them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze in a single layer for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer to a sealable freezer-safe bag and freeze for 6 to 8 months.
How to freeze green beans

Ways to use frozen green beans

Frozen green beans work well in recipes of all kinds: you’ll just need to cook them slightly less than the recipe indicates if it calls for fresh green beans. Here are some great green bean recipes to use them:

Let us know how you plan to use your green beans in the comments below.

How to freeze fresh green beans

More freezing methods

Want to freeze more fruits and vegetables? Here are a few more methods for preserving fresh food for months:

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How to freeze green beans

How to Freeze Green Beans


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

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Here’s how to freeze green beans! Use this quick trick to preserve the life of fresh green beans outside the season.


Ingredients

  • Green beans

Instructions

  1. Trim and chop the green beans to the desired length.
  2. Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the beans and boil for 2 minutes (blanching).
  3. Rinse the beans under cold water until they are cool to the touch.
  4. Pat the beans dry. Place them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze in a single layer for 1 hour.
  5. Place in a sealable freezer-safe bag and freeze for 6 to 8 months.
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: N/A

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!