fresh green beans, washed and ends trimmed (depending on the length of the beans you can either leave them whole or chop them, your choice)
large bowl of ice water
large pot of boiling water
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with water and add a generous amount of ice cubes. Place the beans in the boiling water and boil for 2 minute for small beans or 3 minutes for large beans (this process is known as blanching). Place the beans in the boiling water, cover with the lid, and immediately begin counting. Drain the beans and immediately plunge them into the ice water. Let them cool in the ice water for 3 minutes. Thoroughly drain the beans in a colander.At this point you can either put the beans directly into freezer bags or you can first spread them out single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple of hours, then place them in the freezer bags (this will prevent them from sticking together when frozen). Press out as much air from the bags as possible Label and date the freezer bags. The beans will keep for at least 6-8 months.