Easy tips for freezing green beans grown in your home vegetable garden.
Learn how to prepare, blanch and freeze garden-fresh green beans for great tasting results.
Also included below is a delicious recipe for String Beans Plymouth Style!
In addition to canning family favorite vegetables grown in the garden, another great idea is freezing some of your extra produce to keep on hand year round.
Snap or green beans may be green, yellow, or purple-podded.
Although, the vegetables are usually eaten fresh, frozen green beans are best when they are very young.
Freeze freshly picked beans before they form a tough skin that must be peeled off.
If more mature beans are being processed, count on first blanching, then skinning them before freezing green beans.
Plant breeders have virtually eliminated the strings that gave snap or green beans their common name of "string beans".
However, plant breeding has not cut down on the vast number of the varieties of beans you can grow.
There are long, thin beans, wide, flat ones such as Italian and the purple-podded 'Royalty' variety that turn green as they cook.
Many cooks prefer freezing green beans to canning them.
Among the most nutritious of all vegetables and especially good when young, are green soy beans.
Only the larger home garden is likely to have space for this crop, but a row or two would afford you at least a tasty sample.
Once stored, cook your frozen green soy beans in the
same fashion as green limas or peas, allowing enough time for them to
Season them simply with salt, pepper, and butter or savory.
After freezing some of your home-grown green beans, you may want to try the excellent recipe below.
These unforgettable beans are equally delicious served hot or cold and can be reheated without suffering taste. Serves 4.
1 pint frozen green beans
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons sugar
Salt/pepper to taste
Thaw frozen green beans. Cook in as little unsalted water as possible in a covered saucepan. Drain and add butter, cream, sugar, salt, and pepper to taste. Freezing some of your green bean crop is the answer to enjoying fresh vegetables long after your garden has been tucked away for the winter months!