I picked yellow beans and put them in freezer bags and placed them in the freezer. I did not blanche them, or wash them. Should I eat them, or can they make you sick since they were not blanched? I have cooked one bag, after rinsing off while frozen and cooking immediately. Is this safe?
You have nothing to fear from your unblanched, frozen beans. The beans may be tougher than you might like because of some chemical reactions that occur which are prevented by blanching the beans prior to freezing. The safety of the beans is not appreciably affected in any way by blanching. I would wash the beans before I cooked them and enjoy!
Source: Douglas Holt, Ph.D., Chair
of Food Science Program & State Extension Specialist for
Food Safety, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009