Saturday, August 14, 2010

Freezing Beans

Last week, we picked up some lovely organic purple beans from our local farmers market. I figured since we had so many, that I would freeze them in batches perfect for making bean soup throughout the winter. Although somewhat time consuming, it was really worth the effort because I got 6 batches out of them, which will be thoroughly enjoyed this coming winter.

The first step was to rinse and pick through the beans to get rid of any dried out or rotten ones.

I then cut off their ends and chopped them into bite sized pieces.

 After they were all cut up, I blanched them in boiling water for 2 minutes.

Then I drained them,

And placed them in individual servings in the freezer! Voila!

I hope to do this with the excess of broccoli we also have, same process of blanching, and having lovely local organic produce bursting from the freezer :). Hope you are having a lovely weekend.