In this post I want to share with you how I preserve our green beans. It's really quite simple. I also want to encourage you that it's okay if you don't know how to do any kind of preserving yet. You can learn. Really, you can! I'm an example of that. I didn't know how to do any preserving of any kind before I got married, and really not even until last summer did I even learn how to blanch green beans (the internet is a wonderful resource for such things!). This is my first year canning so I'm right there with you in learning how to do all this!
I'm 32 years old and have been married for just under 8 years and feel like I am just now getting domestic around here! For me, it's been a process of learning. When I got married I knew how to make a couple dishes, but that was it. I've gradually learned how to make a number of things, but canning and preserving was something I knew nothing about until recently. (And the canning I still don't feel confident to do by myself yet, but I have people who are willing to teach me!)
SO, all that to say, anybody can learn at any time. It just takes a willingness to learn a new skill. And, hey, if you do take up canning you can even get adorable canning labels like these--that I love.
But, on to the beans for now...
After you've picked and thoroughly washed your green beans in cool water, put them in a colander to drain a bit.
Then cut off the tips of them with a paring knife. I LOVE my Pampered Chef paring knife for just such tasks. You only have to do the stem end, but I like to do both. It's a personal preference.
Then bring some water to a rolling boil. While you're waiting for the water to boil, fill another bowl with cold water and ice cubes. Once the water is boiling, place your beans in the pot for 3 minutes and cover. Slightly boiling your beans will stop the enzymatic process that causes spoilage (another reason to thoroughly wash your beans so as to remove any extra "residue"). After 3 minutes, remove the beans with a slotted spoon and place in your bowl of cold water and ice.
Let the beans set in the water and ice for about 5 minutes. Then quickly remove them with a slotted spoon, draining off excess water, and place them in a labeled freezer bag. Be sure to squeeze all of the air out of the freezer bag before sealing it.
That's it! Not too hard, is it? If you can green beans and want to share a link as to how to do it, please do so in the comments section in case anyone is interested. Thanks!