I have been picking green beans a couple of times a week for the past two weeks. It won’t be long before I am getting enough to can. So far I have filled a gallon zip-top bag full of green beans. I like frozen green beans, but I prefer to can them. It is quicker when I am ready to serve green beans and that more than makes up for the time spent canning them.
However, some of you may not have a pressure canner or simply prefer to have frozen green beans. Here is an easy way to freeze green beans. I learned this from my mom who was taught this by some country women when she first moved here from the city as a young bride.
Wipe dirt off of green beans, break ends off, and break into the size you like. Do not wash the beans or get them wet. Place in a freezer container or zip-top bag.
When you are ready to cook the beans, wash them. Place the beans and enough water to cover them in a pot. Bring them to a boil. Dump the water off of the beans and add fresh water. Now is the time to add your seasonings. Cook as you like.
This process makes the beans taste like they were just picked. I have found that blanching green beans gives the beans an undesirable taste when I cook them. This way has worked for my family for many years.