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How to Blanch Green Beans

Easy steps for how to blanch fresh green beans for cooking or freezing
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time10 mins
Cooking Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: how to, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blanching, green beans


  • 1 lb fresh green beans


  • Rinse green beans in cool water. Remove any stems and cut off any ends that look bad or mushy.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add green beans and cook for 3-5 minutes, until they are crispy and still bright green, but slightly tender.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove green beans to a large bowl filled with cold water and ice. Let beans sit for a few minutes to stop the cooking process.
  • Transfer green beans to a colander and let excess water drain. Then place on a sheet pan, covered with a paper towel and blot dry. Let dry for a few minutes.
  • Green beans can now be cooked in a recipe or frozen. See notes for freezing.


To Freeze: transfer sheet pan of dried green beans in a single layer, to the freeze and freeze until solid, then transfer to a container or ziplock bag and store for 6-8 months. 
Green beans can be cut into bite sized pieces after being dried and before freezing if desired.