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    Default Freezing runner beans

    I've been picking and eating runner beans for a week now, and we've started getting a glut. How do I go about freezing them? I heard something about blanching..but I don't know what that is or how long I should do that for.

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    Some don't bother with blanching just freeze in portions.

    However, blanching preserves freshness and stops any deterioration. Boil water throw in beans bring back to boil, simmer for a couple of minutes then drain and cool quickly in cold water to stop the cooking process.

    The ideal way to freeze is to lay on a tray and freeze then when frozen put into bags or containers. This then stops the produce freezing in a clump.
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    I agree with HayleyB - just slice and open freeze on a tray, then pack into containers or bags. I've tried blanching and it makes the beans go all soft and mushy.

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    Slice as if about to cook.
    Unblanched runners stay nice for about a year. Blanched runners stay OK, but not as nice, for about 3 years.... (OK so the times are semi-guess, but the general idea is right).
    Freeze them unblanched and use them before next harvest.
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    I prefer to preserve my beans by salting them in old sweet jars. I also make jars of sweet pickled beans which are great with salads.

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    Thanks Hayley. Have two trays of beans in the freezer now. I'm going to have to start eating up stuff in there - there's no room!

    Oops posted before seeing the other answers! Drat, I've blanched them now. I'll try something different for the next batch.
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    can you freeze them without slicing them first? like just leave the pods whole

    also i think i might try freezing half without blanching and half blanched

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    We blanch and only cut the beans if they are over long, we dont get soft mushy beans though

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