How To Blanch Green Beans
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Blanching is a simple cooking technique that helps to preserve the vibrant color and crisp texture of some fresh fruits and vegetables.
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 3 quarts water (plus additional water and ice for iced water bath)
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  1. Bring water to boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  2. Add the green beans, return to boil, and cook until beans are bright green and crisp-tender, 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer beans immediately to the bowl of ice water. When beans no longer feel warm to touch, drain in colander again and dry thoroughly with paper towels.
  4. Freeze beans as desired.
It’s necessary to blanch green beans because it stops enzyme actions which can cause a loss of flavor, color, and texture. Further, it cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color, and helps to prevent loss of vitamins.
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