How Do You Freeze Fresh Green Beans?
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 after the seeds are planted. 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. They 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.
Green Bean Nutritional Facts
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 0 g|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|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.|
- 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 FreezingClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 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.
- 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. It is ideal to use a vacuum sealed bag, 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 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.
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