How To Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching – Great for Gardens!

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Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

If your garden is anything like ours right now you might be picking pounds and pounds of green beans.  And if you’re anything like me, you really don’t want to turn on your stove to boil water to preserve your green beans during the Summer.

 Last year I started to freeze our fresh green beans this way and they stayed extra fresh, keeping their bright green color and crunch.   These frozen green beans last up to a year in the freezer making them a easy and economical way to save your green beans. 

How To Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching - Great for Gardens!

Can you freeze green beans without blanching?

Yes!  You can freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  The method below saves time because it doesn’t require blanching the beans.   You’re just going to trim the ends off, chop into desired sizes, wash them and freeze!  It’s that easy!

This is my tried and tested method that I’ve been using for years with our green beans!  

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How to freeze green beans

Step 1: Take a step back and admire your green beans because god damn, you’re amazing, you just grew green beans!

Fresh green beans are one of our favorite foods and they’re so versatile in the kitchen! You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry, or even slow cooker meals.   Thanksgiving is only a few months away, so you can even save your garden green beans to make your favorite Green Bean Casserole family!

How cool is it to make a Thanksgiving casserole with FRESH green bean that you grew?  Talk about a dish made out of love!

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Step 2: Trim the ends off both sides of green beans.

Step 3: Cut the green beans in half.

How To Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching - Great for Gardens!

Step 4: Wash with water, making sure to get all dirt off them.

Step 5: Dry completely. Place on a cloth towel or paper towel, allowing to dry completely. This usually takes about 20 minutes.

Step 6: Place in freezer bags. I like to make 1 cup, 12 oz and 16 oz bags. Label the bag.

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Step 7: Freeze!

How to Defrost Frozen Green Beans

Step 8: Time to eat them? Depending on what you are making, defrost or place in boiling water/soup directly frozen.

To show you how great they freeze and keep their color, here are green beans that I’ve had frozen for 1 year!

How long do frozen green beans last?

I have stored these green beans in my freezer for a year and they still taste great!  Good luck not eating them sooner though – they’re so delicious!

Hope this “How to Freeze Fresh Green Beans” post helps you with your mighty green bean harvest!

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Easy Way to Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching

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Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Total Time 5 minutes

Instructions

  • Take a step back and admire your green beans because god damn, you’re amazing, you just grew green beans!

  • Trim the ends off both sides of green beans.

  • Cut the green beans in half.

  • Wash with water, making sure to get all dirt off them.

  • Dry completely. Place on a cloth towel or paper towel, allowing to dry completely. This usually takes about 20 minutes.

  • Place in freezer bags. I like to make 1 cup, 12 oz and 16 oz bags. Label the bag.

  • Freeze them!

  • Time to eat them? Depending on what you are making, defrost or place in boiling water/soup directly frozen.

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