Love that idea Lilyanne - I shall steal it next year!
David: I'm with you on that one: frozen runner beans are 'orrible! French beans aren't too bad though.
What I do with mine is to cut them up quite small: runners, French and also diced courgettes (from the inevitable glut). They are quickly blanched, open frozen and then bagged as a summer veg mix. I also add some commercially frozen peas and maybe sweetcorn. Sometimes a few broad beans, too.
In the middle of winter, it's a treat to have a few mixed veg. They can also be chucked into a veg. soup. Or defrosted and drained to be added to cheese and veg quiche or potato,cheese & veg pasties. No waste!