Sunday, August 1, 2010

Saving Green Beans (for another day)

Ok, this may sound like a really weird recipe ... but here's what happened to me yesterday.

Walking around the Longmont (Colorado) farmer's market with my sister, the sun is hot, the sky is without a single cloud, the mountains hang on the horizon. We discuss what to make for dinner. Potatoes? Lasagne? Then, we spot an organic stall selling green beans - organic green beans - for $3 a pound.

We cannot resist.



Look at them, nestled in amongst the yellow squash and the spring onions - could you resist?

So, Kari and I walk away with more than 3 lbs of crisp green beans. We trim them, we wash them, we steam some for dinner, some sit patiently in the fridge for tonight ... and for the rest, well I thought we should save them for one of those days when my sister and her hubby (who are new parents) need a quick summery pick-up. So, we froze them.

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Saving Green Beans (For Another Day)

Ingredients

Ultra-fresh green beans, preferably organic

1. Wash and trim your beans. Cut them into 1 in/ 2.5cm pieces.

2. Boil a pot of water. When it's boiling, put in your beans for about 2-3 min until they are that bright-green-cooked colour, but are not yet soft.

3. Drain them, and stick them straight into cold water. Otherwise, they'll keep cooking and they'll be overdone.

4. Dry them off gently with a clean tea towel and spread them in a single layer across a baking-paper-lined baking sheet. Put them in the freezer for an hour till they're frozen, then transfer into a freezer bag or jar. Store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.





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How much did this cost me?

I always shop around the farmers market to find the best deals - this time organic beans at $3/lb. I froze about a $3 quantity. Yum! I might try this with a variety of veggies, when I find them at great prices! Or fruit ...

Hope you had a great time at the market too!
Amanda xx

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