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    Super Sprout is offline Seedling
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    Hi I have a glut of French beans. I blanched a number of them & froze them in batches, but was really disappointed with them at dinner tonight as they were very watery.

    I was wondering if I could pickle my next batch. Has anyone tried? If so please could you describe the method & recommend a pickling solution, either homemade or bought? I'd like to try this tomorrow as we are due lots of rain!

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    Paul
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    I tried runner bean chutney last year, but do not recommend it -or certainly not that recipe....
    I am currently testing salting runner beans, but haven’t actually tasted them yet - Suspect it would work just as well with french beans; maybe one of the more experienced grapes can advise us both?

    If not, salad nicoise for lunch and french beans with whatever you’re having for dinner - and invite as many friends round for meals as you can!

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    I never blanch mine, lay them out on a tray, freeze then bag, taste fresh when defrosted not limp and watery.
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    Why do you blanch SS? Modern freezers are colder and give much better results from open freezing. If you want to go to the next step, invest in a food vacuum packer
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbra View Post
    I never blanch mine, lay them out on a tray, freeze then bag, taste fresh when defrosted not limp and watery.
    Rob
    I started using that method after reading it on the vine instead of blanching and it makes a huge difference to the beans taste and texture
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbra View Post
    I never blanch mine, lay them out on a tray, freeze then bag, taste fresh when defrosted not limp and watery.
    Rob
    Thanks I shall be trying this rather than pickling. Any reason why you wouldn't bag in batches then freeze? Does it not work so well if they're bunched up together? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenleaves View Post
    Why do you blanch SS?
    Because I'm inexperienced and don't know any better ��
    I've blanched & frozen broad beans but I guess they can take it as they're more dense. Thanks
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    I don’t like green beans that much: I grow them for the seed inside and eat them as kidney/flageolet/butter beans (depending on variety)
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