Food - Drink
The Absolute Best Ways To Keep Green Beans Fresh
By WENDY LEIGH
Green beans, a favorite vegetable in the U.S., arrive in May and provide their bounty all the way through to early autumn. However, even fresh green beans harvested during peak season turn limp and spoiled surprisingly fast, so what are the best methods for keeping these veggies fresh?
Farmers markets and roadside stands sell the freshest green beans, but grocery stores aren't a bad second choice at all, so long as you inspect your beans before you buy. Cookbook author Toby Amidor says to look out for bruises, brown discoloration, or a slimy texture instead of a dry and firm feel.
Stick your green beans in the fridge as soon as you get home, without rinsing them; EatByDate says that moisture encourages the growth of mold, so only wash the beans right before use. If properly stored in an airtight container with little to no moisture, green beans should last for five to seven days.
If you want to store your beans for longer, they freeze very well. Better Homes and Gardens says to rinse the beans, trim off the stems, and balance them in hot water for two to four minutes before dunking them in ice water; store them in freezer-safe bags, bowls, or jars for up to eight months.