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Sometimes the garden can bless us with too much of a good thing. Having excess green beans all at once can be overwhelming, but there are a ton of great things you can do with them. If you’re having other excess produce in your garden, check this out for ideas.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I love green beans, but during the height of the summer garden, there can be too many to eat. Especially if you grow the long varieties like snake beans that produce so well. We love to give away produce and share with the daycare families. And we bring excess food to the shelter.
And for a complete guide on how to use even more produce, check out How to Use All the Garden Produce You Grow-Without Canning by clicking this link.
A few years ago I came up with a green bean recipe the kids loved. They asked for them over and over again calling them world famous green beans and they are delicious. My husband loves them too. I like to freeze my extra green beans and then make this recipe with the frozen ones too.
Best way to store green beans
Fresh green beans will last a few days in the refrigerator. They last longer if you store them in the crisper. If you put the green beans in a container with a moist paper towel but not wet (not airtight, vegetables need to breath for long lasting storage) they will last about a week.
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Preserving green beans
There are many ways green beans can be preserved for later use. You can try these yummy dilly beans. You can freeze excess green beans, can them, and dehydrate them to store them for later use.
If you choose to dehydrate your excess green beans, you’ll be able to eat them crunchy like potato chips or rehydrate them in soups, stews and casseroles. I love dehydrating because produce takes up much less space and is shelf stable. You can also learn more about how to preserve food with dehydration here.
Blanching green beans
If you’re going to freeze your green beans, you’ll need to blanch them. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Wash your green beans and cut the stem end off. You can also cut or snap them into bite sized pieces or leave them whole. Drop the beans into the boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Scoop them out of the boiling water with a spider or slotted spoon and plunge them into a bowl of ice. Drain the green beans and pack them into quart sized freezer bags or containers, removing as much air as possible.
Freeze immediately. Frozen green beans last for about 6 months. Many people say they don’t like frozen green beans, but I have found if you cook them a little longer, they taste just like canned.
Canning green beans
I don’t can food because I am not allowed to serve home canned food to my daycare kids. I want to be able to use what I put up for them too, so I just stick to freezing, pickling and dehydrating food.
Green bean recipes
There are so many ways to use green beans. Check out these awesome recipes.
For more garden surplus ideas, check out:
- What to do with Excess Squash from the Garden
- using excess cucumbers,
- using excess tomatoes,
- using excess hot peppers,
- using excess herbs,
- using excess peaches,
- using excess greens for more ideas.
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