Skill Level: Beginnger
Skills Attained: Freezing Vegetables
- Fresh Green Beans
- Cutting Board
- Large Pot with Lid
- Slotted Spoon
- Large Bowl
- Cookie Sheet
- Freezer Bag
After picking the beans, cut off the ends and cut into the desired length.
Parboil the green beans for approximately 2 - 3 minutes in boiling water. (Parboil is a cooking method that simply means to cook part way in boiling water.)
Immediately after boiling, use a slotted spoon and place the beans in an ice water bath. (This step stops the beans from continuing to cook. You don't want the beans to overcook; they will get rubbery if overcooked at this step.)
After the vegetables have cooled in the water bath, drain the beans and place them on a single-layer on a cookie sheet. Place in the freezer until frozen (a few hours up to 12 hours). (This steps prevents the beans from freezing into one big ice block.)
Remove the frozen green beans from the cookie sheet and place in freezer bag. Store in the freezer until ready to use (up to 6 months).
To cook, steam the green beans until they reach their desired tenderness (5 - 8 minutes).