Saturday, June 20, 2009

Freezing Green Beans

I am a blog stalker. I like to stalk for new recipes. And now that summer is here we will be spending a lot of time putting up vegetables. Sister and I spent our summers doing this exact thing. Mostly she and I shelled purple hull peas and had purple fingers all the time. It is fun to teach my kids about how the vegetables get from the dirt to the table. On Friday morning we put up a 5 gallon bucket of green beans. Everybody has their own opinion on how you should freeze your vegetables. This is my favorite way and I thought I would share
First before even cleaning them I snap of the ends. Then I snap into bite size pieces and place in a collander for cleaning. I do this in front of the television most of the time. But this morning the kids were busy coloring in the kitchen so I pulled up a stoll and took over the sink. After a good cleansing, I put them in a large pot and cover with cold water. I then bring them to a boil for 3 minutes. No more then 3 minutes. They will turn a bright green.Then immediately I put them back in the collander and into an ice cold bathe. I pour ice cubs and cold water on them so they cool quickly. Then I drain them and dry them off. Some people like paper towels but I like good old hand towels. Gently pat them dry and place into a good quality freezer bag. Don't skimp on freezer bags. You will regret it in January. I like to put mine in small freezer bags so when I go to cook dinner I can grab just enough for my family of four.

Wiley's Beans and Peas Seasoning added to your fresh green beans (or even canned) will make you think you are eating Cracker Barrell green beans. I love this stuff and it makes all the difference in the world with green beans. You can get it at Publix and Wal-Mart. It is usually sold near the fresh vegtables.


Frankie said...

Marsha Stewart you amaze me! :)

Karen said...

I love Wiley's also. My kids will not eat green beans without it!