Growing green beans right in your own backyard allows you to have the freshest vegetables on your table. However, to maintain the freshness of the vegetables for a period of time there are simple steps that you should take. One of the steps is blanching – it’s a crucial step before freezing green beans. Blanching green beans is easy. Here is how:
Step 1. Wash the Green Beans
Wash the beans thoroughly in cold water and remove any leaves and dried blossoms. Washing the green beans will remove the bacteria that spoil vegetables.
Step 2. Cut the Bean Ends
Prepare two large bowls and using a paring knife, cut the end of the stem of the green beans. If you like, you can trim both ends. Put the stem ends in one bowl and the newly snipped green beans in the other bowl.
Step 3. Boil the Green Beans
To stop the green beans from spoiling, boil them. Fill a boiling pot with clean water and then bring the pot to a boil. Slowly put the green beans in the boiling water and cover with a lid.
Fill a large container filled with cold water and after 3 minutes of boiling, remove the green beans using a straining spoon, and put the green beans in the cold water to top the cooking. Cool in the container for at least 5 minutes.
Step 4. Final Steps
Remove the green beans from the container and then drain excess water from the green beans by placing them in a strainer. Place the green beans in clean, freezer safe plastic. Put the beans it in the freezer.
Blanching green beans properly allows them to stay fresh in your freezer for a week or two.
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