Preserving food for the winter, esp good, in season, local food... well it's like putting money in the bank and buying health care all at the same time. Food is what your body runs on. We use it every day and it should be the best and freshest we can possibly get.
Hold firm and chop all at once. Haha! A handful done in 1/4 the time. I leave the other end on the bean. These beans are so tender and fresh that I don't have to cut it off. It isn't tough at all!
After this I drop them into a HUGE metal bowl that sits next to me... and once the bowl is full, I blanch them in large bunches in my pasta pot. I have to admit it works MUCH better for beans than for pasta. (Not enough water for pasta.)
I drop the beans into the boiling water, and wait 4-5 minutes or until they all turn bright green.
This is about 2/3 of that box of beans done and ready for freezing. :)