I love eating my own home grown string beans over the winter. The fact that they will taste good months from now is because of how they are prepared and stored. Today I am going to share with you how I prepared and saved 7.73 pounds of string beans in under 2 hours by myself!
In my earlier post "It's Not Too Late To Grow Beans" I shared with you how easy string beans are to grow. Those easy string beans are readily producing now and over the last three days I have filled the three gallon bags you see in the photo above (And yes, they really did total 7.73 lbs!).
My method of freezing them for the winter is very simple, but believe it or not it took me a few years to get it right!
FIRST THINGS FIRST - PREPPING THE BEANS
Last night while watching TV with my husband I sat at the table and I prepared all the beans by simply cutting the ends off and putting them back in the bag. At the same time I also pulled out any unwanted leaves and flowers and cut the larger beans in half. When all was said and done the beans weighed 6.94 pounds.
This morning it took me about an hour from beginning to end (including clean-up) to finish the beans for freezing. In the end I had 9 sandwich baggies each weighing about .77 lbs (three quarters of a pound).
BLANCHING AND FREEZING THE BEANS
Some questions you may have:
Please let me know if you have any additional questions about freezing string beans!
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!