Sunday, January 11, 2009

Green Beans Frozen

Green Beans
Green Beans ,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.
Beans-Snap Frozen

Blanching a an important step to prepare your vegetables to be frozen. It cleanses the vegetable, brightens the color, helps retain vitamins and help reduce enzyme action which can destroy the flavor after 4 weeks.

Select young, tender pods when the seed is first formed. Wash in cold water; trim ends; Cut the beans into 2 to 4 inch lengths or lengths to fit freezer container. If you use the gallon size freezer bags you can freeze the whole bean. The longer the cuts the best quality you will have. Blanch the beans in boiling water for 3 minutes. Cool the beans. I put the beans in a ice water bath to cool them quickly. Drain, Place the beans on a cookie sheet and flash freeze. this will prevent them form sticking together if you just pack them into the bags or jars. When flash frozen pack them into jars or freezer bags and seal, label and freeze.

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