Monday, June 27, 2011

Green Beans, green beans, green beans

My nickname used to be Green Bean Dean. I do love green beans. They're easy to grow, prolific and freeze well for winter servings, soups or mixing with other vegetables. Most bush beans mature in 60 days or less so they are ideal for the kind of late springs that we've been having in the Puget Sound Basin the past few years.
I like to freeze green beans. We have a large freezer but if you don't have anything more than a typical rental apartment refrigerator/freezer you can do it. I wash them and stem them (break or cut off the tips) and then blanch them in rapidly boiling water for about 3 minutes. Then cool them quickly (ice water is best). Drain and put them in 1 1/2 pint zip-lock bags. One bag will hold 2 servings. Squeeze out all the air and seal the bag. In 1 cu ft of freezer space you can store 200 servings.

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