If you aren't growing green beans, you might want to consider it. They are the gift that keeps on giving.
I planted 4 squares worth in my square foot garden and we have had them twice for dinner so far. I just put 5 cups in my freezer and many young beans are still on the plants.
I wasn't always a huge fan of green beans. Just ask my mom about the arguments we used to have about them when I was ten. But as I got older, I discovered that I actually like them when they aren't over-cooked and still have a crispy texture to them.
I have also discovered that I prefer slender green beans compared to the fatter ones. Last year, I grew purple green beans because I thought my kids would think they were cool. They turned from purple to green when they were cooked. They were fun, but I didn't care for the texture and taste.
Because we have more than we care to eat at the moment, I am freezing green beans this year. There are a few steps that need to be taken when freezing green beans:
- Trim the ends and cut beans into small pieces. I just snap in half.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Have a bowl of ice water ready.
- Carefully put the beans in to the water and boil for 3 minutes.
- Strain and transfer beans to ice water for several minutes to cool down
- Lay beans out on cookie sheet and stick the pan in the freezer for an hour or so. This is optional, but it makes it easier to pull out smaller portions of the beans.
- Place beans in freezer bag, remove air from bag and keep in freezer.
How do you preserve green beans?
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