I’m back from a freeze on my blog, which was mainly due to the fact that my veg boxes were all becoming rather similar. But I’m delighted to report that this has now changed. The other week I received a lovely bunch of runner beans for the first time, which brought back some of my happiest memories from childhood.
Back when my parents used part of their garden for vegetables, runnerbean tepees were a regular sight. The beans seemed to grow like the clappers and every day my parents would disappear down a tunnel of bamboo canes to pick out the latest finds among the curling fronds and delicate red flowers. Mum and I then sat on the step with a mountain of beans, trimming the edges and cutting them at an angle into elongated diamonds.
So I was delighted to find runner beans in my veg box, and true to form, they appeared in the box for three weeks in a row. Now, there’s only so many beans a girl can eat, so for the first time in my veg box venture, I decided to try my hand at freezing.
I trimmed the edges from my runner beans and cut them into diamonds just like I remembered, then put them in a freezer bag, which went straight into the freezer box. Very happy with myself I called Mum, only to discover that there’s a bit more to freezing than that!
Here’s the ‘Proper’ Way to Freeze Runner Beans
• Wash your runner beans in cold water
• Trim off the edges, top and tail, with a knife
• Cut the beans to your preferred size and shape
• Blanch your beans by dropping them into boiling water and boiling them for 3 minutes
• Drain in a colander or sieve and run them under cold water for a minute
• Shake the water off and dry the beans on kitchen paper or a clean tea towel
• Put your beans in a freezer bag and seal – try to get rid of as much air in the bag as possible
• Write the date on the bag – runner beans will keep for around 3 months in a freezer
Well . . . now I know what to do next time!