Quality: The smooth type varieties freeze as well as or better than the ridged varieties because they do not split as easily.
1. Select young tender pods and separate into small pods (4 inches or under) and large pods.
2. Wash. Remove the stems at the end of the seed cells, being careful not to expose the seed cell.
3. Water blanch and freeze
For Frying – Wash and remove stems.
Water blanching: Water blanch small pods 3 minutes and large pods 4 minutes. Cool promptly and drain. Leave whole or slice crosswise. Package, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and freeze.