So after just coming home from the allotment with 15 lb of runner beans I decided it’s time to fill the freezer. There are, after all only so many runner beans you can eat, so here’s how to freeze runner beans in easy steps.
How To Freeze Runner Beans
The beans are picked and washed. That’s the only real difference on freezing runner beans to freezing broad beans, as broad beans have to be podded.
Step one is in two parts, firstly fill a large pan with water and bring to the boil.
Whilst the water is boiling cut the beans into the lengths you prefer, checking for string. If only one of the runner beans is stringy it will ruin your meal so check carefully.
Place all the pieces of beans you have prepared into the boiling water for no longer than two minutes.
You only want to blanch the beans not cook them.
Drain the beans and place in a large bowl of cold water, as cold as you can get it (I add ice cubes to the water).
Once the beans have cooled down sufficiently place them on a tea towel and pat dry with another tea towel or cloth.
Put as many beans as you need for one portion ( this depends on the number of people in your family at meal times, and how much you like runner beans) into a freezer bag.
When you have filled all the freezer bags with beans or when you have run out of beans, place them in the freezer. That’s basically it, that’s how to freeze runner beans. I hope that like me you are successful in growing plenty of runner beans and are also successful in freezing them.
This system also works on dwarf beans and most other types of beans. Nothing beats eating runner beans in the deepest winter months for reminding you of the summer to come.