How To Freeze Fresh Green Beans


Are you having a bumper crop of green beans this year and don’t possibly know how you will eat them all? If you didn’t grow them in your garden did you see how cheap they are at the fruit stands or farmers market and wish you could save them for winter? Well now you can. Just follow my simple step by step directions and enjoy them this winter.

Freezing Fresh Green Beans



Fresh Green Beans



Wash and drain your fresh Green Beans.


Lay them out and cut the end off.


Cut the other end off.


Cut them into pieces.


Boil a large pot of water. Blanch the Green Beans by dumping them into the boiling water for 3 minutes.


Remove and immediately dump them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.


The ice will probably melt each time you do this so add more when it melts.


Put Green Beans in a colander to drain.


Place blanched Green Beans into serving size freezer bags and freeze. That’s all there is to it!




  1. I’m glad you showed this, Diane.
    My question is, have you ever blanched zucchini, either whole or halved, to use later for boats, to spiralize, etc? I’ve shredded for breads, coined to fry, chopped for salads but I want to leave whole if possible, this year.

    • I know zucchini freezes well blanched in pieces but I have never tried it whole. I’m thinking halved might work OK but not so sure about whole. Blanching slows the enzymes which can cause a loss of flavor, color and texture. If the water can’t get to the inside to blanch I would think the enzymes would not be slowed making your zucchini not so good. This is only my opinion though. If you try it let me know if it works.

      • I will, Diane! Thank you! I was thinking of cutting off both ends on the whole but like you said, the bacteria is the reason for blanching. I was going to ask on The Porch and tag you! Lol! Then you posted this! 🙂 <3

  2. Sometimes I forget about how easy it is to freeze fresh produce..I’m working on freezing fresh corn. The process is very similar but green beans are definitely easier! Thanks for sharing!

      • Ooh yeah corn isn’t as good that way for sure. My grandma always served corn that was frozen from her garden at all our family gatherings. We all loved that corn 🙂

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