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How to Store Green Beans

Whether you pick a fresh bunch from the garden or in the produce aisle, green beans are a great vegetable staple that complement almost any meal. Be sure you’re never out of this vegetable standard by keeping a ready supply on hand. Storing green beans is just as simple as preparing them.

How to Store Green Beans

Gather fresh green beans and place them in a colander. Run cold or lukewarm water over the beans and rinse thoroughly. Drain the beans and transfer to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the ends of the green beans. Discard the ends. Cut the remainder of the green bean into smaller pieces, to your desired length.

Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Place ice and cold water in a large bowl and set it to the side. Add the green beans to the boiling water for three minutes. Quickly put the green beans in the ice water to cool, for 3 minutes, and then thoroughly drain. (Blanching preserves nutrients that would otherwise be destroyed during the freezing process.)

Put the drained green beans into a plastic storage bag (suitable for freezing) and seal it. Remove as much air as possible when closing; this will help prevent freezer burn. Green beans will store up to 9 months in the freezer.

Soil Types For Green Beans

Sandy and silty loam soils are ideal for green beans, although they can grow in almost any soil type except heavy clay. Soil with lots of clay tends to be poorly drained, which can cause root rot and blossom drop. The soil should ideally be kept moist, but avoid wet, waterlogged areas. The acidity or alkalinity of soil is measured by its pH. Neutral soil has a pH of about 6.5, while anything higher is alkaline and anything lower is acidic. Green beans grow best in neutral or near-neutral soil, though they can tolerate a pH anywhere between 5.5 and 7.5. If necessary, you can raise the pH of your garden soil by incorporating ground agricultural limestone or one of several other liming products. Incorporating a generous amount of compost or other organic matter into the soil before you plant beans usually supply them with ample nutrition, though in some environments they can also benefit from an all-purpose fertilizer containing nitrogen. Before you plant green beans, it's a good idea to have your soil tested.

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