Dried beans. Although inexpensive, they can take the spontaneity out of using beans in your cooking.
But did you know? You can freeze beans. So now, using dried beans is very convenient. Make a batch, freeze them, then reach in your freezer and thaw when you need them.
Freezing beans is simple, and it’s just like freezing strawberries.
How to Freeze Beans
Soak AND cook your beans, then drain them well. Next you can:
- Spread them evenly on a flat cookie sheet (you can line the sheet with parchment paper to make bean removal easier)
- Freeze them 1 hour
- Take them out of the freezer, then put them in a Freezer Ziploc (or a freezer safe container).
- Return the beans to the freezer.
Freezing beans first on a cookie sheet will help freeze the beans individually, instead of in clumps. That way, when you want cook with your beans, it’s easier to get the portion you want out of the bag/container.
- I’ve also frozen extra canned beans (rinsed & drained well) with this same method.
- Beans keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.
- When thawing, treat beans like meat. Thaw overnight in fridge (not on the counter top) or you can thaw with a low setting in the microwave.
Now you know another way to have beans readily available so you can make some great bean-centric meals. Won’t your kids be happy? (*grin*)