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Freezing home-grown green beans - advice sought

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Freezing home-grown green beans - advice sought

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janniecooks | | Mar 22, 2008 07:26 AM

Harvested an abundance of green beans and ended up freezing about 8 quarts. Are frozen green beans always mushy? My beans went from vine to freezer in about two hours, so it's not the age of the beans. I had the same result when I froze fresh beans purchased from the grocery store.

After I picked the beans I blanched them for about 1 minute in plain water, plunged them in an ice-water bath until cold, drained them and then placed them in ziploc freezer bags. I did not dry the beans before packing them.

Is this the right procedure? Why are my beans mushy? I'm not sure if they're even suitable for soup, and I'm so disappointed at the waste of this produce (not to mention the time spent growing/harvesting/preparing). I'd appreciate any advice you can offer.

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