95% of the time I feel proud to be an American. However, on the day that I visited the Farmer’s Market to buy green beans, I was feeling frustrated with American vendors being snobby and seemingly entitled. To what? — I do not know. So I bought my beans, courtesy of Bee Vang, vendor #440. And I got the best deal from this vendor. Courteous vendor. Good deal. Win – win!
I tried growing green beans last year in my two little raised beds in our back yard but the rabbits ate them before we could! So I went to the Farmer’s Market in Minneapolis and bought 1/2 bushel green and yellow beans. This year I decided to go the Farmers Market way again and bought 1 bushel of green and yellow wax beans. Yellow and green beans are almost identical in nutritional value and taste the same, so I a mix of mostly green with a splash of yellow because I think they look fancier mixed!
Freezing beans is not difficult, just time consuming. To snip one bushel by myself, it took me about 5-5 1/2 hours. I had some good tunes going for part of the snipping and watched The Hunger Games for the other part! I also had several child interruptions: diaper changes, feedings, tantrums, initiating nap time, putting Dora on….you get the point. It will probably not take you as long to snip a bushel of beans. :)
As opposed to canning green beans, freezing them takes less time and less tools. Again, win – win!
What you will need to freeze beans:
- knife for snipping
- a few bowls for the bean ends and snipped beans
- stove top pan of boiling water
- bowl or sink of ice cold water
- quart size freezer bags – I use Ziploc brand
Simple steps to freezing:
1) Choose the freshest green beans you can find.
2) Snip the bean ends off and compost them.
3) Snip beans to the length that you prefer.
4) Heat water on stove top to a rapid boil.
5) Put beans into boiling water for 3-4 minutes. If you can’t get water back to a boiling point, you have too many beans or too little water.
6) Strain and immediately dump hot beans into an already prepared sink of ice cold water. This is the step that seals the nutrients into the beans.
7) Let beans sit in ice water for 3-4 minutes.
8) Drain well.
9) Put beans into freezer bags. I didn’t measure mine out. I filled each bag plum full and got 16.5 bags.
10) Place bags in freezer. To prevent freezer burn, get
as much air out of the bag as possible. Beans will be good for 12-18 months in the freezer. Ours never last that long!
11) You are ready to enjoy fresh green beans whenever you want!
Health benefits of green beans:
- rich source of dietary fiber
- low in calories and contains no saturated fat
- excellent levels of vitamin A and antioxidants (plays a role in anti aging)
- good source of folate (a good folate diet preconception prevents neural tube defects in babe)
- contains good amounts of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B-1, Vitamin C (helps body resist infectious agents)
- healthy amounts of minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, and potassium (essential for body metabolism)