there are a couple of ideas on how one should prepare beans for freezing. one involves blanching the beans in boiling water and then cooling in ice water before bagging and freezing. the other, which just involves placing the fresh beans in a plastic bag and removing as much air as possible before sealing and freezing, is much less labor intensive and makes more sense to me, especially since i now have a vacuum sealer at hand. this afternoon i gave it a try---i think i love this thing.
the process was fast and easy. i sealed 6 roughly-quart-sized bags of beans---a good size for a meal. the bagging plastic comes in rolls so you can cut it to any size you need.
i tucked the sealed bags into the freezer and made myself a snack...
|salty, garlic beans cooked in butter and olive oil|
|with your hands is how it's done|
and we've still got some in the refrigerator.
|and some squash|
thanks for sending the sealer, aischa. and thanks for the visit, gabe---so nice to see you.