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gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 9:17 am    Post subject: Freezing Beans.  Reply with quote    

I try not to freeze beans as they always seem to go to mush.Thisyear we have loads already.
What is the best way of dealing with them so they taste ok.?

Liz in Ireland



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What sort? I blanche runners/green beans and they seem to be OK.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

what kind of beans?

green beans are best blanched/chilled before freezing - runners are never so good frozen.. we still do though, when we have too many

French climbing bean limka is a flat bean you can slice like runners, but the freeze much better

Went



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bottle in weak brine and then bain marie - can help keep the crunch.

judith



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the key is to blanch and then cool very quickly, to stop them cooking (and softening) further. Which means dunking straight into iced water as soon as they come off the stove.
This gives better results, although I still don't like frozen beans at all.

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have yellow and green dwarf french beans,and dwarf Lingua du Fuoco.

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The more you can dry them after blanching the better too. And if you can freeze onto a tray then bag once frozen that works better again.

Shan



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have heard of salting beans in a kilner - never tried it though andnot sure of the results but perhaps it might be a good experiment?

sean
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Judith was about to try it in 2005 so she should be quite the expert by now.

judith



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Judith was about to try it in 2005 so she should be quite the expert by now.


Enjoy them while they're fresh is my considered opinion!

catbaffler



Joined: 31 Mar 2009
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Location: Barry
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 11 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I bought this recently

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1933392592/ref=oss_product

Haven't tried anything yet but it looks interesting.

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