How To Freeze Green Beans?

Interestingly green beans are a versatile vegetable and an excellent addition to your veggies basket in summers. This wonderfully delicious vegetable has a bright green color and a crunchy texture. 

Another interesting fact about green beans is that they are one of those veggies that you can freeze without any hesitation and use in your favorite dish the whole year.

Freezing will preserve the freshness & nutrition of beans. You can say freezing gives the beans a better texture and flavor. 

Unlike other vegetables, frozen green beans are way easier to use in dishes, and you can use them directly in salads, soups, and many more. For example, if you add frozen beans in winter, they will always be the star of your soup, just like fresh beans in summer. 

Moreover, these beans are highly beneficial for health, and if stored properly, they can last in your freezer for a year or more. 

Why should you freeze green beans?

In the summer season, when you have excess fresh green beans in your kitchen, it is complicated for you to use them a few days before they start decaying. In this situation, freezing is probably the best way to preserve the beans. 

When you put the fresh green beans in the refrigerator, they lose their texture and nutrients within a week. Hence freezing is a better option because it keeps the freshness intact for a long time. 

Besides, you can use these frozen green beans directly in several recipes like soups, salads, etc. 

How to freeze green beans?

Freezing the vegetables like green beans is an easy process that is usually done to protect the beans from spoilage and enhance their lives for future use. 

For freezing;

1: Rinse all the beans nicely under tap water.

2: Cut the beans in your preferred size with a sharp knife

3: Blanch the beans in hot water for a few minutes. 

4: Pat them to dry 

5: Place the beans in one layer on a baking sheet. 

6: Put the green beans in the freezer for 2 hours until they become firm.

7: Transfer the beans to a ziplock bag or airtight containers for long-term freezing. 

Can I freeze raw beans, or should I blanch them first?

Yes, of course, you can freeze raw beans for long-term use. Though when you cook them, they will become a bit mushy and lack the nutrients and flavor. So, it is recommended to blanch the beans before freezing. 

Blanching is an essential step in preserving beans because it will maintain the quality of beans by destroying the enzymes that affect their color, taste, and texture. 

Moreover, blanching eliminates the impurities and dirt from the green beans and prevents the loss of nutrients. 

How to blanch green beans?

Blanching is boiling vegetables at high temperatures and then shocking them in an ice bath to preserve their color, flavor, and texture. 

For blanching, you have to follow a few easy steps;

Step 1 

First, wash the vegetable under tap water to clean any germs and dirt on the surface. Cut the tips and endings of beans as well. 

Step 2

Fill water in a large pot and when it comes to bubbling, add green beans into it—Cook small beans for 2 minutes and large beans for 3 or 4 minutes. 

Step 3 

Prepare an ice bath and immerse the green beans to stop the cooking process.

Step 4 

Place the beans in a pan and pat them to dry. 

Step 5 

When the beans are dry, place them over a baking sheet in one layer and then put them into the freezer until they become a little firm. 

Step 6

After three or four hours, remove the green beans from the freezer and pack them in a ziplock bag or airtight container. Label the expiration date and freeze it for eight months or more. 

Do you need to trim green beans before freezing?

The size of green beans depends upon your choice of whether you want to trim the beans or not. However, it is recommended to cut the stem side of beans and the dry ending. 

If you have excess green beans in your kitchen, it is good to freeze different sizes of beans to use them directly in various food items. 

How can you use frozen green beans?

Interestingly, there is no need to thaw the frozen beans because they can be used directly in different recipes. Whether you are making soups, casseroles, stews, stir-fries, or using them plain in salads, you can use frozen beans without any hesitation.  

What tips should you follow while freezing the beans?

The tips you should follow while freezing the beans are as follows;

  • Choose the best quality beans for freezing.
  • Rinse the beans thoroughly to remove dirt and germs. 
  • Trim the sides of beans before blanching.
  • Never try to blanch the beans in salted water. 
  • Freeze the beans in one layer. 

How long do beans last in the freezer?

People who love to eat green beans always prefer to preserve the beans for making delectable dishes in the winter season. 

You can store green beans in the refrigerator as well in the freezer. In the fridge, these beans can last for 3-5 days and start spoiling. When you freeze the beans in airtight containers or ziplock bags, they can last for 8-12 months. 

How to defrost green beans?

Remove the frozen green beans from the freezer bag and dip them thoroughly in hot boiling water to defrost the beans. 

Leave the beans in hot water for a few minutes; 3-5 minutes will be enough for the beans. Drain the water and then use them in recipes. 

When are green beans in season?

Green beans are available in the market the whole year. However, they are at their peak in the summer season, especially from June to September. 

These fresh beans are best for cooking because they are way crispier and juicy than frozen ones. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Name recipes to serve green beans with?

Many people love to serve green beans with various delicious dishes to enhance the flavor. For example;

Sweet & sour pork 

Baked and mac cheese 

Grilled meat

Meatloaf

Herb and lamb chops

What are the health benefits of green beans?

Green vegetables like green beans, spinach, and many others are highly beneficial for health because they contain some essential nutrients and vitamins such as decent amounts of calcium, vitamin K and B. 

Calcium deposits help to protect the bones by maintaining their health and reducing the risks of fractures. The vitamin B present in beans decreases the chances of depression as well as these beans are the most weight loss-friendly diet because of less number of calories. 

How to make green bean salad?

For making green bean salad;

  • Put a large skillet over medium heat and cook almonds for 2 minutes until they turn golden brown and fragrant. Cook for a few minutes more and then transfer them to a bowl. 
  • Add water, green beans and ¼ teaspoon of salt to the skillet and cook by covering the lid for 7 minutes until the beans become tender. 
  • Remove the lid and cook for further 3 minutes and evaporate all the water. 
  • Take a bowl and add olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. 
  • Whisk all these ingredients. 
  • Now combine all spices and beans, feta cheese and almonds in the large skillet and cook for a few minutes. 
  • You can add more lemon juice and black pepper according to your taste.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving bowl, sprinkle feta cheese on top as well for better flavour, and then serve. 

What does blanching on green beans mean? 

Blanching is a food-preserving method that is usually done to preserve fruits and vegetables for a long time. This method preserves vegetables’ flavour, color, and texture and makes them more delectable.

In blanching, put the vegetable in boiling water for a short period of time and then place it in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. When the beans are completely cool down, you can freeze them in airtight containers or ziplock bags. 

Final verdict 

Green beans are highly beneficial and nutritious vegetables that you can find in the market the whole year, especially during the months of June, July and August when they are at their peak. 

You can preserve these beans perfectly for future use by blanching in hot water as well as they can last in the freezer for almost 12 months without being spoiled. 

Moreover, these beans are excellent for maintaing the bones’ health and for reducing the risks of depression. You can use these beans in making different recipes like salads, soups and stews etc. 

About Carissa Taylor

Carissa is the founder and creator of the Gliving. With an emphasis on healthy eating and living, Carissa's recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including the Food Network Blog, Huffington Post, TODAY Food, and more.