Wednesday, June 22, 2011


It seems like it takes forever for winter to be over, as you dream about fresh veggies from your garden.

Then BAM!  Summer is here and you have a bountiful abundance of veggies.

We eat fresh veggies from our garden every day, but there is always a larger harvest than we can eat.  I don't can, but I do freeze my extra veggies.  It is very simple to do.

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Plunge in fresh green beans and boil for 3 minutes.

Immediately plunge them into a large bowl of ice water and let set for 3 more minutes.

Drain on a kitchen towel and then place in a freezer bag.  Label and date and throw into the freezer.  This winter, you can pull them out and boil for a few minutes, top with butter and pine nuts and remember how lovely summer was.

Do you can or freeze veggies?

Welcome Home,


  1. Your beans look so good!
    We had fresh beans from the Farmer's Market last night. I wish I had a garden!

    Thanks for the tip, Penny!

    Enjoy your bounty!!!!


  2. That is a staggering amount of green beans! Your garden must be doing well! Thanks for the idea of freezing, I always buy more than we need from the farmers markets.


  3. Wow, your garden is doing terrific, Penny, that's a lot of beans! They look yummy.

    I like freezing veggies too.


  4. Lovely green beans. Yes, I can and freeze veggies - tomatoes are canned, along with applesauce, peaches and jams/jellies, and everything else is frozen. We are barely getting started on garden production here, but I'm looking forward to the whole "putting up" process.

  5. No, never have and don't have a garden. One of these days!

  6. Yummo! You are so fortunate to have such fresh veggies. I like to saute garlic and walnuts in olive oil and then add steamed green beans. Delicious! Broccoli is also good done that way. Have a wonderful rest of the week. Tammy

  7. Delicious! I have no place to grow my own sadly but do love our local farmer's markets! Nothing like Summer's bounty!

  8. Oh I'm so glad to see how to do this! My mom cans, but I do not, and was thinking about freezing the Italian flat green beans I'm growing. Thanks for the info!!

  9. I always can my green beans, I like the texture better than freezing and I find fresh beans to be one of the few things that I cannot find comparable quality at the store. Commercially canned beans are too soft and I think they have a tinny flavor from the can. Other than that I don;t can a lot. I did so much of it when I was growing up on the farm that I am perfectly happy buying from the store!

  10. Your beans do indeed look amazing. Love the freezing idea. We have yet to start a garden, but maybe someday soon we will and this tip will surely come in handy!

  11. Beautiful green beans! I've always frozen green beans to have in the winter. You just can't beat home grown green beans.... or homegrown anything for that matter. Thanks for visiting over at my place. I so enjoy keeping up with your latest project. Hugs!

  12. I have never canned in my life but I DO use my freezer...a lot.
    No veggies for us this summer from our NUTHIN' !!
    However, we are going to the fresh veggie market this coming weekend so I will be freezing for my freezer.
    xo bj

  13. One day I will be able to do it but until the move I will get joy from your harvest!They look almost too good to eat.

  14. Thats a lot of green beans! They look delicious. I have some in the freezer but not many. We can't get little one to stop picking our veggies.

  15. HI Penny, yes I did the exact same thing last summer with beans and also made my own sundried tomatoes and froze them too. I have so many in my freezer! I got all my info on how to do it from the web. take care, maryann

  16. Geeezzzzowwwwweeeeee.Penny what a haul... I so love fresh veggies from the garden.. My Mom used to freeze veggies,, and can meat.. sure do miss that..... your garden is just beautiful,,so darn neat... enjoy your bounty...


  17. I just did a post on my veggie garden too! This is such a useful tip, I will definitely try it! Thanks x Sharon

  18. I freeze whatever extra I have - what a treat to have in the winter.

  19. Isn't it great to eat from your own garden? Like you, I don't can but do put things in the freezer. Those beans will brighten up a winter meal.


  20. I used to can and freeze a lot but age has crept upon me and there is no hubby to do the gardening, no veggies to put up.... so, if I don't run next door to gather goodies from my son in laws garden I do without. Beautiful beans, by the way.

  21. Beans already? I have not even got peas yet. Those look so good, I am looking forward to having a big garden so I can do the same.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  22. Hi Penny....No, I am not canner, although, I wish I were. Just a freezer, like you. My green beans are just now coming them in a little late. ~Hugs, Patti

  23. Oh Penny... my mouth is watering. Those look sooo good and you're going to enjoy them later on!


  24. I prefer freezing to canning any day! When red peppers are in season at 99 a pound I always but lot and cut them in strips, blanch and freeze them so I have them all fall and winter for stir fries and soups.

    Thanks for asking about my eye It is still puffy but getting less painful each day and I am able to open it longer. I see my MD tomorrow and I am hoping she tells me that my cornea has finally healed. It has been a long road.

  25. This year I'll be relying on the Haricots Verts from France sold in the freezer section of Trader Joe's - they are excellent and very inexpensive. We're not growing any vegs. this Summer, just didn't had time, or energy, in this heat,. Wimpy aren't we!!!!!

    Yours look fabulous - the green thumb is evident!

    Love ya, Mary X