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Mar 28, 2012 02:53 PM

Green beans -- how best to extend freshness

The green beans, or more specifically the haricots verte, from Sam's Club are very good. Only problem is they come in two 1-lb. packages. They actually keep pretty well in the vegetable bin, but I'm wondering would it extend the "shelf-life" to blanch them now or wait until I'm ready to use them. I plan to use both packages in two different salads, both of which call for blanching them.

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  1. When I buy a large package from Costco I blanch them right away and they keep very well in the fridge until I'm ready to use them.

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    1. re: noodlepoodle

      Thank you. That is exactly what I wanted to hear.

    2. I've found that wrapping fresh green beans, unblanched, in paper towel inside of a loosely cinched bag extends freshness. I've kept green beans in the fridge for up to two weeks this way.

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      1. re: mbCrispyBits

        Thanks. I'll experiment and try your way with some and blanch some.