Freezing French Beans

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    Mike Green
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    I have frozen beans in the past, but when coming to eat them they are wet and mushy. I ended up throwing quite a few away last year. This year I have tried blanching then freezing, but same result.I wonder if it is a variety thing – do some freeze better than others, or is it just that domestically you can’t blast freeze them like Birds Eye do?
    has anybody got any suggestions?
    Thanks
    Mike

    #70683

    polo71
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    Hi Mike, we freeze dwarf French beans and have no problem. What we do is harvest them when they are about as thick as the “thin beans” you see in the supermarkets. I top and tail them and cut into roughly 2″ lengths and the give them a good wash, leave to dry for about 30 mins and then freeze on a tray for about and hour then into a air tight zip lock bag making sure I get every bit of air I can out then back in the freezer.
    We tend to cook them with peas we have harvested and frozen in salted boiling water for 5 mins max come out with a slight crunch and still a luverly green colour.
    We also use the tray method for freezing chilli and sweet peppers that we cut to size ready to use in stir fry sources

    good luck

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    charles
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    Brilliant tip!

    #70689

    Mike Green
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    Thank you Polo – looks delicious – I will give it a try.
    Cheers
    Mike

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