Even though we don't have a garden this year, we've been incredibly blessed with fresh produce from family and friends who do. Since I had all these green beans sitting on my counter,
I figured I'd better freeze some. Turns out properly freezing vegtables isn't all that hard.
First, rinse your beans and drain. Chop off all the ends and cut them into whatever size you'd like.
This may take awhile, so it might not be a bad idea to occupy your toddler on the back porch with a bucket of soapy water and a spoon.
Boil a large pot of water and throw the beans in when the water is at a nice rolling boil.
Time them for 3 minutes exactly.
In the meantime,
Drain the beans after the 3 minutes has expired and immediately submerge them in the ice water. (You may have to add some ice!)
Let them sit in the ice water for 3 minutes. Drain and place on a towel to pat dry.
For our little family, I used quart sized freezer bags to store them. Throw them in the freezer and they're good for a year!
Yay for fresh green beans!