How To Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

If your garden is anything like ours right now you might be picking pounds and pounds of green beans.  And if you’re anything like me, you really don’t want to turn on your stove to boil water to preserve your green beans during the Summer.

 Last year I started to freeze our fresh green beans this way and they stayed extra fresh, keeping their bright green color and crunch.   These frozen green beans last up to a year in the freezer making them a easy and economical way to save your green beans. 

You can also use them year round in my favorite cabbage and green beans recipe!

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

Can you freeze green beans without blanching?

Yes!  You can freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  The method below saves time because it doesn’t require blanching the beans.   You’re just going to trim the ends off, chop into desired sizes, wash them and freeze!  It’s that easy!

This is my tried and tested method that I’ve been using for years with our green beans!  

How to freeze green beans

Step 1: Take a step back and admire your green beans because god damn, you’re amazing, you just grew green beans!
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

Fresh green beans are one of our favorite foods and they’re so versatile in the kitchen! You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry, or even slow cooker meals (hello slow cooker green beans recipe!).   Thanksgiving is only a few months away, so you can even save your garden green beans to make your favorite Green Bean Casserole family!

How cool is it to make a Thanksgiving casserole with FRESH green bean that you grew?  Talk about a dish made out of love!

Step 2: Trim the ends off both sides of green beans.
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.

Step 3: Cut the green beans in half.

Step 4: Wash with water, making sure to get all dirt off them.
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.
Step 5: Dry completely. Place on a cloth towel or paper towel, allowing to dry completely. This usually takes about 20 minutes.
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.
Step 6: Place in freezer bags. I like to make 1 cup, 12 oz and 16 oz bags. Label the bag.
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!
Step 7: Freeze!

How to Defrost Frozen Green Beans

Step 8: Time to eat them? Depending on what you are making, defrost or place in boiling water/soup directly frozen.
To show you how great they freeze and keep their color, here are green beans that I’ve had frozen for 1 year!
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.

How long do frozen green beans last?

I have stored these green beans in my freezer for a year and they still taste great!  Good luck not eating them sooner though – they’re so delicious!

Hope this “How to Freeze Fresh Green Beans” post helps you with your mighty green bean harvest!

Looking for green bean recipes? Try my Slow Cooker Green Beans and Chinese Green Beans!

Looking for more ways to save food?  Here are a few of my other favorite food saving methods!

How to Keep Lettuce Fresh for a Month!

How to Freeze Zucchini (without blanching!)

How to Freeze Peaches

How to Store Cilantro!

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Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.

 

Easy Way to Freeze Fresh Green Beans Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze fresh green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year. You can use them in casseroles, soups, stir fry and more!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Green Beans

Instructions

  1. Take a step back and admire your green beans because god damn, you're amazing, you just grew green beans!
  2. Trim the ends off both sides of green beans.
  3. Cut the green beans in half.
  4. Wash with water, making sure to get all dirt off them.
  5. Dry completely. Place on a cloth towel or paper towel, allowing to dry completely. This usually takes about 20 minutes.
  6. Place in freezer bags. I like to make 1 cup, 12 oz and 16 oz bags. Label the bag.
  7. Freeze them!
  8. Time to eat them? Depending on what you are making, defrost or place in boiling water/soup directly frozen.

Recipe Video

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  • Just picked a load of string beans from my garden. Just found out I could do it this way after putting some in boiling water to blanch. I can try the other batch this way. But gee wiz. Did you have to use the good Lord’s name in vane?

    • That’s the problem, there is no class left in our country. I stopped reading her recipe when I read that sentence. What was the point os swearing? It makes her sound ignorant.

      • Pat, right because the God of the Bible sure is a classy God.

        Jesus said to Moses; (Numbers 31:1)
        17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him, Jesus said.

        18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves, Jesus said.

        Thx for the tip Pamela!

    • You don’t get to choose what others find offensive. Whatever this person (won’t use the word ‘lady’) thinks of God, common decency and courtesy would lead one to stay away from language that is likely to offend. After so many requests to remove the words she didn’t so either she gets her jollies out of offending folks or doesn’t care a bit what her readers think. That’s enough for me not to come back.
      As a less significant observation: ending every other sentence with an exclamation point does not automatically make the content exciting. That’s another unfortunate characteristic of someone who is just a bit too full of themselves.

  • Thanks for the info! Must do something with my truck/load of beans this year. Will definitely try your hack!
    No offense taken here–
    I think God has a sense of humor/
    Wouldn’t mind the GD comment.
    Why make sloths and hummingbirds on the same planet if you didn’t smile over the spectrum of creation? Personalities,included!

  • So glad to know I don’t have to blanch them, this is my first year growing green beans and I planted 100 feet, 8″ apart! lol Too time consuming to be doing all that blanching. I especially enjoyed your pic of frozen beans one year later – I’ll be using a vacuum sealer and it’s awesome to see how well the long-term frozen beans hold their color. Thank you!

    • Hey Cynthia, that’s awesome that you’re going to have so many beans! Vacuum sealing works great – I do it with my sugar snap peas too! Enjoy!

  • Trimming with a knife wastes perfectly good bean. Just break off stem end close to end. Leave tail. It is not necessary to cut off the tail.

  • I think God has a sense of humor too, just read about Gideon’s dream. However, he said “I will not hold him guiltless who takes my name in vain”. I appreciate the time spent in preparing this. But nobody has actually caused green beans to grow, we only work with the miraculous way God has designed the world to work and the goodness he gives to everyone (before judgement, at least), even those who dishonor his name and don’t give a rip about him.

  • Just bought a bunch of green beans with the intent of pressure canning, but after making strawberry jam was pooped. Happy to have found this how to! Thanks and way to handle the criticisms. Hope you’re enjoying your day!

  • I am with you Linda, it does offend me to hear the Lord’s name in vain. Let’s keep it clean for everyone to enjoy. I am not judging or anything like that at all. Just saying……some people are offended by it. If you wouldn’t have put that in your comments, it would not have made a difference in getting your point across, then more people could have enjoyed your posting. But seeing the language that was completely unnecessary, I won’t be back.

  • Thanks for the article! Love your site too.
    Don’t worry about the crazy comments – article totally appropriate.
    I have a date with some beans! Mid autumn here and vines laden
    Best
    Jim

  • Hi Pamela, I’ve frozen my green beans this way in the past, and when I thawed them out to use, the skins slipped off and made the dish I was preparing very unappetizing. Have you ever experienced this? Maybe I did something wrong, but I never used this method again. Thinking of giving this a try, thanks for the info.

  • Love this! Thanks so very much. I was really dreading boiling in this heat this year to blanch. Thanks!😀🌿🌻

  • For me, when you feel the need to use God’s name in vain, I feel the need to stop following you. There was no need to type “g– d—“, none at all. I am deeply offended! 🙁

  • Wow! I had to go back and look and see what all the gd fuss was about…. then I realized that was the sentence I had laughed at, and didn’t even realize it said gd.

    Do you have any secret tips to getting all of the dirt off the beans? I feel like I wash, then wash again, then wash again and still find dirt!!

    • Hey CW, I love using my salad spinner for washing my vegetables. After I give them a quick wash and scrub with my hands, I will throw them in the salad spinner for a few spins. The one I use is here: https://amzn.to/2wcNALg Hope this helps!

  • Good directions. I’ll do this instead of blanching the green beans.
    However, using gd was totally offensive and unnecessary.

    • You lighten up N8. Some of us find it very offensive! You did not even spell
      Christ sake correctly so you lighten up!

  • I think you may have some good ideas, but swearing in your first paragraph is quite offensive. I won’t be using any tips or recipes from you.

  • Wish I had seen this before I froze a ton of green beans from the garden without trimming the ends/cutting them up. I spent time today trying to make some for my son and they all came out mushy, no matter how I cooked them.

  • The audacity of some people. If you don’t like the language someone uses on THEIR blog then feel free to start your own damn blog. 🙄 I wonder if these same people take offense to the things they’re seeing their government do to innocent people everyday. Where’s the outrage there? WWJD then?

    Anyway, thanks for the bean tip!

    • Jay, He wouldn’t curse! that is for sure. What does politics and our government have to do with cursing in a so called professional blog, anyway?

  • Great tip for the beans. In Australia and I have been picking heaps of beans everyday. I also chop tomatoes and freeze them without cooking them.b

  • I came for the green bean tutorial, but stayed for the hilarious, lobotomized Chattanooga rants about the 2 unholy words up above. Anyway, I love your blog and returned today to figure out how to freeze gr beans w/out blanching first (turns out – not rocket science:))
    We have way (way) too many and I dreaded having to force fed ourselves green beans in every possible interpretation for the next 2 wks before they became icky.
    Thank you kindly!

    • There is no need to curse in your blog. It is very offensive! I do appreciate the thoroughness to your description of how to freeze green beans without blanching though. I must say I thought it would be more difficult, but you should consider being more professional about your choice of words… Just saying..

  • Shhh, no one cares……If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Ever heard of that one?
    Go create your own blog or stay away from this one if it offends you. Simple. I find the comments saying people are offended, well…offensive!
    AND:
    Jesus loves me, this I know.
    Thanks for the tips on YOUR personal blog, Pamela, about green beans. I hope not a SINGLE person that was offended by your comment dares to EVER use YOUR tip. They should definitely NOT use your idea, that’s for sure! To do so would be hypocritical, no? 😇

  • Our gardens have started flowering, so I started reaquainting myself with processing/storing. Double-checking myself about freezing beans, I came upon your post. First, I want to say I cracked up at step one. Then I re-read it. Then I stood a little taller. You’re awesome for reminding people to enjoy growing food & be proud of their accomplishments. Second, I came here to tell you how great your article is, but I think I was even more entertained by the comments. *laughing* You handle yourself well. 😉 Thanks for the post! I’ll have to read more of them… hehe!

    • Hey Jennifer,
      Glad you enjoyed this post, and happy it caused a smile! 😉 Enjoy all your green beans – sounds like you’re going to have a big harvest!

  • I agree, your words speak your heart……you either have integrity ….. or you don’t. Totally unnecessary to use the language on a site of this nature….. wont be back…..won’t trust your advice …..

  • Everyone calm down, this is a post about green beans! I used this method last year and it worked great. It’s almost bean picking time in the South, so I had to find it again. Thanks!

  • I just stumbled across this blog looking for how to freeze green beans. I have several things to note:
    1. Wonderful instructions – I will try it tonight, since my husband came home with way-too-many green beans from Safeway.
    2. I’ve pinned the instructions, because I hope to have our vegetable garden set up for next year’s growing season (new house and retirement!)
    3. You are one classy person. Your patience with the antics of the narrow-minded is to be commended. I thought your comment was wonderfully put – because you are telling us to recognize our achievement. I, too, sincerely believe God has a sense of humor.
    4. I am going to start following your blog more closely as a result of this tempest in a teapot (or in a beanstock…)

  • Hey Pam I was wondering if you had any thoughts on what Nella Blue said previously about the skins coming off? Could something else cause this? Probably lost originally in all the trolling Crusader’s comments… I’m about to try this for the 1st time and nervous about wasting my homegrown.

  • Great tip on freezing green beans. Also love that your step-1 recommendation was to step back and admire the “fruit of your labor”. Also like that you brought God into the equation, but I must wonder how the “Master Gardner” (Creator of all plants) feels about the way His name was used to express gratitude for His bounty. Just sayin’! Keep on gardening and sharing your helpful tips– AND God Bless YOU!!

  • But….when do I string my beans? I hate leaving the strings for family or guests to pick out of their teeth!

  • great article and pictures, but sorry about the addition of “g** d**m. no M f’n snowflake here, just an observance. expression not needed.

    Thanks for your efforts.

  • Well, I came to figure out what to do with the half a bushel of beans I bought yesterday. My eyes were definitely bigger than my freezer, but I will see how many I can cram in. But LORD what a bunch of thin skinned people! If you don’t like what you read, can’t you just go away quietly? Where is it written that we must publicly shame someone for making us feel uncomfortable? This is the internet and you are giving religion a bad name. Me, I will be back. Thanks, Pamela!

  • Came as many did to find a faster, easier way to freeze our beautiful harvest! Going to try this tomorrow, and also going to admire our goddamn gorgeous bounty. Thankful for the wonderful gifts Nature gives us. Echoing others that you have been very patient for two goddamn years.

    (Also, note to commenters–the phrase y’all have to pile on about is NOT damning God, for godsakes. Jeez).

  • I enjoyed the GD comment because damn it, it’s a lot of work to have a garden. Keep up the good work Pamela, so grateful for the green bean freezing tip, cilantro, etc…

  • Months ago I bought pounds of green beans at the supermarket because they were so cheap. I found this post and froze them. I just want to tell you that I defrosted one pack and used it in green bean casserole and my family loved it. Looks like I’ll keep buying green beans and freezing them!

  • My young daughter and I bought some fresh beans at the farmer’s market and wanted to freeze them. I had her do some research on the internet so we could learn how. Much to my dismay we came across your site. I will admit that I am not a prude and I cuss, but not around my daughter. Who would have thought a recipe site would use foul language- we couldn’t even print off the recipe bc it is on there too. Sadly we didn’t learn anything from your site, as I made my daughter quit reading for fear there would be worse. Maybe you should post a disclaimer that your site is not appropriate for children due to foul language.

  • Thanks for this recipe. The first 5 gallon pail of french beans and 2 gallons of wax beans were cut, blanched and frozen. Just picked 2 more gallons of yellow wax beans and will try it this way, but I am only going to cut the stem end off. This is my first veggie garden. I may have overdone the beans. hahaha.

  • Pam, Thank you thank you! I started doing this w/my zucchini, yellow squash, and green peppers last year and was hoping this worked on beans too. Stay cool!

  • This sounds like a way better, and faster, way to store all the green beans I just picked. Thanks for the instructions on how to do this.

  • Thank you very much for this information. It was very helpful, and a GREAT time-saver.
    Have you tried any other vegetables with the non-blanching method?
    Keep up the good work.

  • come on people. those of you who took offence to a “tongue in cheek” comment!! Lighten up. the world will not come to an end, trust me! I too am ## proud of my gardens output!

    • Then shout praises to the universe or to yourself ( put a big mirror) in your garden and sing the praises at the top of your voice !! Be nice with your words —please !!

  • I think the stopping of the crude remarks with cursing the Lord would be a real advantage to your web site !! Thank you !! We

  • Thank you, thank you! I’m buried in green beans right now, and I don’t want to lose them! This will be quick and easy.

  • I’m going to try freezing fresh green beans for the first time, and I’ve been cooking for 45 years. Thanks for sharing.

  • Using the phrase ‘god damn’ is not an automatic curse. Curses are said in anger. I think your God frowns upon cursing in anger. God does not frown upon jokes. Jokes are usually not told in anger, and certainly not in this case. Some good Christian posted using the phrase ‘Good Lord’. ‘lord’ is a position of power, not a name. It is the same with the word ‘god’. It is a position of power, not a name, capitalized or not. It is not gods name. If saying ‘god damn’ is wrong, so is saying ‘good Lord’. Especially in this case because it was used to admonish someone, to cast judgement. Oh well. Tomorrow I harvest pole beans and freeze sweet corn after grilling. Thanks for the info.

  • Thank you for this tip; it will be a real timesaver.

    And for those who are so appalled at a comment… I’m offended that you are offended she exercised her right to free speech. Peace and love, bitches.

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