How Do You Freeze Fresh Green Beans?

Green beans are a great addition to any meal. Serve hot or cold!
Green beans are a great addition to any meal. Serve hot or cold! | Source

Green Beans

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Facts About Green Beans

String beans, french beans, snap beans, and green beans are just a few of the most common names of these long, thin, tasty, green-colored beans. They are very easy to grow, which makes it the perfect vegetable for a first-time gardener.

You can grow them either in a bush or as pole beans. The decision depends on what you're able to provide for them. If you have poles that will allow the beans to climb, pole beans are a great choice, because the beans are much easier to find. Bush beans can be planted anywhere, but the beans are more hidden within the plant.

Their harvesting time is between 55 and 65 days after the seeds are planted. They will continue to grow fruit throughout the season.

You will want to make sure to wait until after the dew has dried before picking green beans. If the beans are wet when you are harvesting them, bean bacteria blight can spread, which is a common disease among green beans.

You will know they are ready to be picked if they are about as thick as a pencil. They also need to be crisp, which means that if you break them in half, you will hear a snapping noise; this is one reason why they are referred to as snap beans. When the beans get too large, you will be able to see the seed through the skin. If you harvest these, they will be tough and not very tasty.

Green Bean Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 34
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: 1 cup of green beans is a serving.

Supplies Needed

  • Lots and lots of Fresh Green Beans
  • 1 Pot, full of water
  • 1 Bowl, full of ice cold water
  • 1 Timer, set at three minutes
  • 1 Slotted Spoon
  • Several Freezer Bags

Freezing Fresh Green Beans

  1. First, pick fresh, crisp green beans. They are ready to pick when they are about as thick as a pencil, but not much thicker, and make a snapping noise when you break them in half.
  2. Wash off all dirt, leaves, etc.
  3. Once dirt is removed, snap off the end of the stems. Some people will snap both tips off, but I often leave the tail for the extra nutrients.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and let boil for one minute.
  5. Place green beans into the pot of boiling water for three minutes. This water can be reused several times before it needs to be changed; therefore, you can prepare several batches of green beans with one pot.
  6. With a slotted spoon, remove beans and place them into ice cold water for an additional three minutes.
  7. Take out and towel dry.
  8. Once dry, place them in a secure Ziploc freezer bag. It is ideal to use a vacuum sealed bag, otherwise try to release as much air out of the bag as possible.
  9. Once tightly sealed, freeze.
  10. When you are ready to prepare; thaw, cook, and enjoy!

Preparing the Beans for Freezing

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Then place green beans in cold water for three minutes.
Then place green beans in cold water for three minutes.
Then place green beans in cold water for three minutes. | Source

Health Benefits of Green Beans

Green beans are a good source of vitamins for a well-balanced diet.
Green beans are a good source of vitamins for a well-balanced diet. | Source

Green beans are a great source of nutrients, yet full of flavor even children enjoy. They are a great food to have by themselves, or mixed in with a salad. They is very easy to add to any meal. Although great taste is reason enough to eat this vegetable, here are some more reasons you will want to eat green beans for your health and even your longevity:

  • They are low in calories. So you can eat a lot and not feel guilty. Plus, they have no saturated fat.
  • They are rich in fiber with 12 percent of the recommended daily allowance. Fiber is necessary for keeping your blood cholesterol levels low. Fiber is also important for bowel health, which will help decrease your chances of cancer and other diseases.
  • They will help you look and feel younger, because they contain healthy levels of lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. These, in combination, help reduce the free radicals in your body, substances that can facilitate cancer and the aging process.
  • They help you see better, because green beans contain zea-xanthin. This mineral is absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, which is needed to decrease your chance of macular degeneration and other eye diseases. This nutrient will protect you against UV light.
  • Green beans provide 100 grams of folate. Folate is essential for proper DNA replication. When your cells replicate improperly, they mutate, which is the cause for cancer cells. With folate, the chances of them not mutating is decreased. Folate is especially important in pregnant women.
  • Vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin A, and Vitamin B-1 (thiamin) are also found in green beans, although not in large quantities. They also have a small percentage of vitamin C, which can help your body resist infections and prevent colds and flus. A better source of vitamin C would be green peppers.

Green beans are an ideal food to add to any meal. Plus their wonderful vitamins will help you stay young, feel young, and be healthy. But of course it's important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, for example bananas, tomatoes, olives, strawberries, apples, onions, and zucchini, in order to get the optimal range of nutrients.

© 2012 Angela Michelle

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cascoly 3 years ago from seattle

another variation is to microwave for 1' with about 1/4 water

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angela_michelle 4 years ago from United States Author

I have not ever prepared green beans that way, I should try it. Hmmm... Sounds good. My daughter would love it, I'm not sure on my husband. He's not a tomato eater.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love green beans, mostly fresh sauteed with a little tomato and garlic. My sister used to do her beans the way you suggested and they were always to wonderful in her recipes later in the winter. Great hub post and so useful. Voted up.

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angela_michelle 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you very much all of you!

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Excellent information on all things related to green beans. They are also really easy to grow in a container garden so they are excellent plants for a patio or limited space.

Voted up and sharing. :)

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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Great hub. Love green beans. I did a few batches just the other day.

I also let a row of mine stay on the vine, and as the cooler weather approaches the pods dry up, and the seeds inside dry. I use these as you would dry beans. Voted up.

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angela_michelle 4 years ago from United States Author

That's a very good idea, I'll have to try that and see how I like it. Maybe I will have to add it, if I think it works well!

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Awesome! Just the day before seeing this hub, I prepped and froze about 3 pounds of green beans I was given by a neighbor. I used my spaghetti cooker to blanch them; it makes it very easy to drain and plunge into the ice water bath. Then, after I shake them pretty dry in the basket, I turn them onto a cookie sheet in a single layer, and tray freeze them; it only takes about half an hour until they are frozen enough to package into the freezer bags. That way, you can easily serve out just what you need, and they won't be all frozen together in a big clump.

Voted up, useful and shared.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Green beans are an under rated veggie, but this is a great look at how beneficial they are. I much prefer the taste of frozen green beans over canned if I can get them fresh. Thanks for this helpful "how to"!

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