We couldn’t tell a difference from beans that had been blanched. I thought the texture was a little better, too. BUT – maybe it was because it had only been two weeks. Maybe that enzyme takes longer to start breaking the beans down.
So, I froze ALL our remaining beans that way. Yep – I didn’t blanch any beans at all that year. Then I waited to share about it until I knew that they could be frozen for longer than two weeks. I needed to know if they’d last a whole year and hold up like blanched beans. And guess what?
They are just as good – if not better – than green beans we took the time to blanch in the past.
The texture seems better – and my family agrees with me. Really. The next year I put up 8 quart bags of beans in about an hour. It certainly goes a lot quicker when there’s no blanching involved!
So my challenge? Be a rebel like me – try it and tell me if you think so, too.
How to Freeze Green Beans Without Blanching
- Wash if needed and trim green beans to 1 to 1-inch lengths.
- Place in quart-sized zip-top freezer bags, remove as much air as possible and seal (or vacuum seal).
- Place in freezer and freeze for up to a year. Long cook with bacon or use in soups and stews all winter long.
I’ve heard from a couple of readers who tried this method and didn’t care for it – and many more who’ve loved it like we do – and so my suggestion is to try this with a quart, freeze the green beans for about a week or two, cook them and see what your family likes. I want to be clear that they are still like home-frozen green beans, not firm like fresh, but when cooked in soups and stews for 20 minutes or longer are just as good as blanched frozen beans. So the comparison should be to blanched frozen beans, not to fresh beans.
How to cook with unblanched frozen green beans:
If you want to serve them as a side dish, not just in soups, I’d suggest a longer cooking method – my family likes them long-cooked (20 minutes) with bacon and onions like this recipe. I’ve preserved them for 5+ years like this now and really will never go back to cumbersome blanching!
Recipes that use unblanched frozen green beans:
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