Angela, though not a natural green thumb, has studied gardening in order to better care for her yard.
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 legume. They are very easy to grow, which makes it the perfect vegetable for a first-time gardener.
You can grow them in a bush or as pole beans dependent on what resources a planter has. For pole beans, one needs to have poles that will allow the beans to climb. The pole spreads out the plant better, making picking this treat much easier. Bush beans, on the other hand, can be planted anywhere, but the beans are more hidden within the plant.
Harvesting time is between 55 and 65 days. They will continue to grow fruit throughout the season.
Wait until after the dew has dried before picking green beans. If the beans are wet when 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. The beans also need to be crisp, which means that if you break them in half, you will hear a snapping noise, which is where they get their name snap beans. When the beans get too large, the skin is translucent, and the seeds will be visible. If harvested, they will be tough and not very tasty.
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
1 cup of green beans is a serving.
- 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
Preparing the Beans for Freezing
Freezing Fresh Green Beans
- 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.
- Wash off all dirt, leaves, etc.
- Once you clean off the dirt, snap off the end of the stems. Some people will snap both tips off, but I often leave the tail for the extra nutrients.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and let boil for one minute.
- 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.
- With a slotted spoon, remove beans and place them into ice-cold water for an additional three minutes.
- Take out and towel dry.
- Once dry, place them in a secure Ziploc freezer bag. A vacuum-sealed bag is ideal; otherwise, try to release as much air out of the bag as possible.
- Once tightly sealed, freeze.
- When you are ready to prepare, thaw, cook, and enjoy!
Health Benefits of Green Beans
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 are 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 essential 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 zeaxanthin. The retinal macula lutea in the eyes absorbs this mineral, 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, it decreases the chances of them not mutating. 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 cases of flu. 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 essential to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, for example, bananas, tomatoes, olives, strawberries, apples, onions, and zucchini, to get the optimal range of nutrients.
- How to Harvest Green Beans | Garden Guides
There are several names for green beans: string, bush and snap, to name a few. No matter what you call them, green beans are rich in fiber and good for you. Fortunately, growing green beans is not difficult for the average home gardener. Expect to be
- How to Plant Bean Seeds | Garden Guides
Fresh beans are wonderful additions to summer or fall gardens. Beans are easy to plant and easy to grow. There are two types of beans you can plant: bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans produce more quickly, but may not produce for as long a period
© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz
cascoly from seattle on October 31, 2012:
another variation is to microwave for 1' with about 1/4 water
Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 23, 2012:
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.
Dianna Mendez on September 22, 2012:
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.
Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 22, 2012:
Thank you very much all of you!
Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 22, 2012:
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. :)
Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on September 22, 2012:
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.
Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on September 21, 2012:
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!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 21, 2012:
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.
RTalloni on September 21, 2012:
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"!