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Blanching and freezing beans
I’ve been harvesting pole beans and my bush beans, but I’m not in the mood to eat them right now so I’m going to start blanching and freezing beans.
Because my pole beans are a lot bigger than the bush beans the amount of time to blanch them is longer.
Just check out the following paragraphs to know how I do it.
Cleaning the beans
Cleaning the beans, to me, is removing the top and bottom tips and washing them thoroughly.
First I just remove the tips with a knife, and when I’m done, I first put them in salt water – about 2 liters of water with 2 spoons of salt – to remove any critters that could still be on the beans.
I leave the beans in there for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes I wash them and prepare them to blanch.
Blanching is mostly done on gut feeling, although there’s not much that can go wrong.
First of all, I take a big pot, fill it with water and let it boil. I always make sure I use a lot of water and not too many beans at a time to make sure I can adequately check the time.
Once the water boils I put in the bush beans and wait until the water starts to boil again (which for me, doesn’t take any time at all).
From the moment the water boils, I start counting 2 minutes to blanch the beans.
After two minutes I remove the beans with a spoon and put them in a strainer.
I directly pour cold tap water over the beans and keep on doing it until the beans feel quite cold.
Most directions on the internet talk about using ice water but as I don’t have a big freezer, I’m not able to make enough ice to cool down the water.
bag the beans
I then bag the beans and put them in the freezer.
Blanching the big beans has one small difference. I blanch them for almost 4 minutes as soon as the water starts to boil.
I do this because the beans are bigger and it takes longer for the interior of the beans to reach the boiling temperature.
All the rest is just the same. I cool the beans with streaming tap water until they feel cold and I then put them in bags and freeze them.
I don’t know how long the beans will keep well that way but the last ones I ate were about 1 year old and I didn’t find any problem with the beans.
So, that’s how I blanch and freeze my beans.
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