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How to Freeze Green Beans

Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing green beans to extend the harvest. Learning how to freeze green beans is a great way to preserve this delicious summer veggie.
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Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing green beans to extend the harvest. Learning how to freeze green beans is a great way to preserve this delicious summer veggie.

a strainer of green beans on a white board.

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Green beans have become a year-round staple in healthy diets, but if you’re not a gardener, you might be surprised to learn they’re actually a summer crop.

If you’re the kind of person who wants to enjoy green beans for the rest of the year, it’s so simple to preserve this tasty crop in your own freezer.

And I’ll show you how!

Frozen green beans won’t work in every recipe, but they do open up a ton of opportunities for fast meals. I have used frozen green beans in Green Beans in Tomato Sauce, Garlic Butter Green Beans, Air Fryer Green Bean Fries, Stir-Fried Green Beans, and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie.

If you have leftover green beans and are running out of freezer space, check out this post on how to can green beans for a shelf-stable option.

Is It Safe to Freeze Green Beans Without Blanching?

The National Center for Home Food Preservation does recommend you blanch green beans prior to freezing.

If you decide to NOT blanch your green beans before freezing, try to use those up within two to three months. Frozen beans that haven’t been blanched tend to discolor a bit when thawed.

HOW TO CHOOSE Green Beans FOR FREEZING

Use bush or pole beans that are fairly uniform in size. I like to pick beans no fatter than a pencil. The beans inside haven’t yet developed and become tough, and you’re going to get an amazing crunchy product as a result.

You can use any color of bean – green, purple, or white wax beans. If you happen to grow beans yourself, I love planting purple “green” beans on our DIY Garden Trellis because they’re so easy to find in the vines!

They turn green when cooked, but there are no sneaky ninja beans hiding and making harvesting a challenge.

green beans spaced out on a baking sheet.

TOOLS FOR FREEZING Green Beans

HOW Long Do You Blanch Green Beans Before Freezing?

It only takes 3 minutes to blanch green beans, and 2 minutes to chill them in an ice bath.

It is so easy to blanch green beans! Don’t let this step intimidate you at all. You’ll find in-depth instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

3 photos showing the process of blanched green beans.

HOW DO YOU REHEAT FROZEN Beans?

It all depends on how you’d like to use the green beans after thawing. As mentioned above, frozen beans may not work in all recipes where you’d use fresh beans. 

In almost all recipes I keep them fully frozen until I start cooking them.

If you’d like to defrost the beans for any reason, you’ll want to allow the frozen green beans to thaw first in the fridge overnight or for a few hours at room temperature. 

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you store your frozen green beans in silicone storage bags, you can even reheat them in the microwave or oven right in the bag!
  • You can store blanched green beans for four days in the fridge in an air-tight container. 
  • Frozen beans will last in a conventional freezer for six months. If you have a deep freeze/stand-alone freezer, you’re safe to keep them in there for up to a year.
  • If you prefer a softer green bean once cooked, blanch for 4 minutes instead of 3.
  • Think about how you intend to use the green beans when they are thawed. Cutting them into the appropriate sizes now will make your future self really happy.
frozen green beans in a silicone freezer bag with a lemon and a dish of salt on a tray.
a strainer of green beans on a white board
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How to Freeze Green Beans

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Freezing Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 13 mins
Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing green beans to extend the harvest. Learning how to freeze green beans is a great way to preserve this delicious summer veggie.

Ingredients

  • green beans
  • Ice

Instructions

How to Blanch Beans

  • Set up a bowl full of ice water, and place a clean kitchen towel unfolded and flat on the counter.
  • Rinse green beans, and remove the ends. If beans have a string, peel those by pulling from the stem side down.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
  • Add beans to the boiling water and set the timer for 3 minutes. You don't want to crowd the pot as the beans will cook unevenly.
  • Once the time is up, strain the beans through a colander and immediately add to the bowl of ice water for two minutes. Strain again and set aside to drain.
  • After a few minutes, gently transfer the beans to the towel and cover with a second clean towel to absorb any additional water.

Freezing Green Beans

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. 
  • Place the beans on the baking sheet and place the tray in the freezer. Pro tip: If you have a lot of beans to freeze at once, lay another piece of parchment on top of the green beans and top with an additional layer of beans. 
  • Freeze for three hours. 
  • Break apart any clumps that have formed on the baking sheet and transfer the green beans to freezer-proof storage.
  • If you’re using Ziploc-style bags, removing additional air from the bag will keep your beans safe from freezer burn.

Notes

  1. You can keep your blanched green beans for four days in the fridge in an air-tight container.
  2. Frozen beans will last in a conventional freezer for six months. If you have a deep freeze/stand-alone freezer, you’re safe to keep them in there for up to a year.
  3. If you prefer a softer green bean once cooked, blanch for 4 minutes instead of 3.
  4. Think about how you intend to use the green beans when they are thawed.  Cutting them into the appropriate sizes now will make your future self really happy.
Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 30
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “How to Freeze Green Beans”

  1. If I ever have an abundance of fruits or vegetables, I immediately come to your blog to find out how to freeze them. You have been a lifesaver…and food-saver. ????????5 stars