How To Preserve Green Beans

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve green beans?”, and discuss the different methods of preserving green beans and the potential implications of preserving green beans.

How To Preserve Green Beans

Speaking of preserving beans, there are various methods to preserve green beans so you can enjoy your harvest all year long. These include: freezing, fermenting, blanching, drying, etc.

1. Freeze them (without blanching first)

To freeze the green beans the following steps are required when blanching is not used.

  • Select the freshest, most tender beans.
  • Snap off the ends, and snap into halves/thirds, if desired.
  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil,
  • Lower the beans into the pot(do not overload the pot. If you add too many beans to the pot at once, it’ll take too long for the water to come up to a boil).
  • Blanch small quantities at a time so the water returns to a boil within a minute or so of you placing the beans in the pot.
  • Once the water returns to a boil, set the timer for three minutes.
  • After three minutes, remove the beans and plunge them into ice water for another 3 minutes.
  • Then remove from the ice water, drain very thoroughly.
  • Place on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Freeze 30-60 minutes, then place into freezer bags.

2. Freeze them (with blanching)

When freezing is done with blanching the following are the steps involved.

  • After washing the green beans, put the beans into a pot of boiling water. This blanching process stops their aging process. 
  • After about two minutes in the boiling water, the green beans are a brighter green.
  •  They go back into the colander where they are given a cold, cold shower. This process stops the cooking process that the blanching part started.
  • After the green beans are cooled from the cold water shower,  then they are spread out onto a dry towel. It is better to use another towel to pat over the top of them to help dry them off more. If the beans are too wet when one puts them into a freezer bag, they intend to have ice form around the beans. 
  • And then, I put my beans into a gallon freezer bag and labeled it.
  • Finally, the beans are thrown into the freezer.

Can your green beans 

 Canning of beans can be done just as canning of carrots. Canning of the green beans involves the following steps:

  • Rinse your beans, string, and snap into bite-size pieces.
  • Fill the jars with beans, leaving 1-inch headspace. 
  • Push down on the beans to fit a few more in at the end.
  •  Add 1/2 teaspoon sea salt for pint jars and 1 teaspoon sea salt for quart jars.
  • Boil enough water to fill the jars. 
  • Take the water off a boil and pour it into the jars until it just covers the beans. Be sure you leave a 1-inch headspace in each jar.
  • Run a spatula around the side of each jar to release any air bubbles. Wipe the rim with a clean towel to remove any debris.
  • Place the lids and rings on the jars and screw them down, fingertip-tight. Place jars in the pressure canner. 
  • Add the amount of water to the pressure canner specified for the model. 
  • Place the lid on the pressure canner and turn the heat on medium-high.
  •  Process pint jars for 20 minutes and quart jars for 25 minutes.
  • When the processing time is up, turn off the heat.
  •  Allow pressure canner to reduce pressure on its own. Once pressure is reduced, take a spoon and touch the weighted gauge. 
  • Remove the pressure canner lid by tilting it away from your face. 
  • Hot steam will still rise even after pressure has reduced. Using an oven mitt or jar lifter, place jars on a towel folded in thirds.
  •  Allow cooling for at least 12 hours without touching them.

Dehydrating Green Bean

Dehydration is also a great way to prepare food for camping, backpacking, or emergency preparedness.

  • Blanch green beans for 5 minutes. This will help the beans to dehydrate quicker. It releases some of the juices and stops enzyme actions.
  • To blanch, simply plunge green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes. Start counting time as soon as you dunk the beans.
  • Wash beans in cold water and snap the ends off.
  • Blanch green beans for 5 minutes. This will help the beans to dehydrate quicker. It releases some of the juices and stops enzyme actions.
  • To blanch, simply plunge green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes. Start counting time as soon as you dunk the beans.
  • Then plunge them into cold or even ice water. This cools the beans and stops the cooking process.
  • Drain well and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Place in a single layer on a dehydrator tray. Be sure the beans are spread enough that air flows freely around them.
  • Dry at 125 degrees until dry and crispy. Check every so often (every couple of hours) and stir the beans around. This will encourage them to dry evenly.
  • They are done when they are crispy. Store in an airtight container.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve green beans?”, and discussed the different methods of preserving green beans and the potential implications of preserving green beans.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Citations

How to Freeze Green Beans | The Prairie Homestead

Putting up Green Beans for Winter | Heavenly Homemakers

How To Pressure Can Green Beans (Raw-Pack Method) (traditionalcookingschool.com)

How to Preserve Green Beans (4 ways) – (thehomesteadgarden.com)

Dehydrating Green Beans: How to Dry Green Beans for Storage (simplycanning.com)

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