Preserve the Harvest: How to Freeze Green Beans
Green beans can be frozen whole, sliced or julienne depending on your preference. Snap or discard the stem end and prepare according to your preference to be frozen. Better yet, buy enough beans to prepare in a variety of ways.
  • Green Beans, washed stems removed and prepared as desired
  • Ice
  1. Prepare ice bath for green Beans. Fill sink with ice and add cold water. Important to plunge green beans into ice bath after allotted steam time to stop the cooking process.
  2. Place green beans into steamer basket for large pan.
  3. Place about 1 -2 inches of water in large pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, place steamer basket filled with green beans into pan, cover with lid and set timer for 3 minutes.
  4. Once timer goes off, immediately remove green beans from pan, pour into colander and plunge into ice bath.
  5. Allow to cool for several minutes, remove from ice water bath, drain and shake to remove excess water.
  6. Place on flat baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper, careful to keep the green beans from touching. Place in the coldest part of freezer until frozen solid. (about 1 hour).
  7. Once frozen, remove from freezer, place into heavy duty freezer bags or vacuum seal, as desired.
  8. Date and label. Will keep for up to 1 year.
Recipe by Pure Grace Farms at