Freezing for winter
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas and a long, cold winter … maybe not dreaming of … expecting might be a better word. And that’s what I keep telling the kids who helped me trim the ends off a boatload of green beans last evening.
They like the task and that helped. As soon as I saw their attention drifting or their enthusiasm draining I’d say, “Just think — there will be a blizzard in the middle of January and we’ll go to the freezer and pull out these garden fresh green beans and we’ll remember a hot August night when we stood around in front of the fans in our bare feet snapping beans.”
And they smiled.
Freezing green beans is easy, just time-consuming.
- Pick beans.
- Wash beans.
- Trim ends of beans.
- Snap into the size you like.
- Blanch in boiling water for three minutes.
- Shock in ice water for three minutes.
- Package in freezer bags.
And you’re done!
Eventually … !