I also love to garden and to can, but not green beans. My question is, after freezing the green beans, how long to you cook them? the last time I did this, they came out awful! I put the bag in boiling water for about 6 minutes, but I didn't parboil them. Thanks Chris
I gave up freezing green beans because I don't like the way they taste. I blanched them for just 2 minutes before freezing. Last year I dehydrated beans and used them in soup. They taste much better than the frozen ones, in my opinion. I rehydrated some and ate them with a little seasoning, and found that they were pretty good, too.
Chris, I prefer my beans tender-crisp, so I cook them only long enough to really heat them. I think it depends a lot on the texture you like.
From your post, it sounds as if you boiled them in the bag. Was it the texture or flavor that you objected to?
I have two favorite ways to prepare them: I sautee some bacon and chopped onion in the pan first, drain off most of the grease, and add a little chicken broth, maybe 1/2 cup? I add the frozen beans and cook until they are heated through.
My other favorite way to serve them is to saute them in a very small amt. of olive oil, add halved cherry tomatoes for about the last minute, and then drizzle with an herbed olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.
wvgardendeva, thanks for sharing your experience with dehydrated beans. I've never tried that method, so I'm glad you passed along what worked!