One of our family’s favorite side dishes is baked beans. But I can’t help wondering if I could freeze them. My work hours start early, so on Sundays I like to prepare meals ahead of time. That way, all I need to do is defrost food from the freezer. It left me wondering if these beans would be just as delicious, or if I should save baked bean recipes to make now, instead of later.
After some research (plus trial and error with the baked beans) I found out that they could be frozen. I was happy about that, because now we could make a big batch of baked beans and just add them to any recipe we wanted.
The key to freezing (and having) delicious beans is to freeze cooked beans. Don’t try to freeze raw beans, because they won’t cook properly after thawing. You can even use canned baked beans from the store.
Can You Freeze Baked Beans?
Yes, you can. Properly frozen, baked beans can last up to 6 months.
Your best bet to preserving baked beans is letting them cool completely before putting them in the freezer. This isn’t an optional step.
Are you cooking dried beans so you can freeze them? Make sure they’re al dente. If you don’t, they will turn mushy, soggy, and unpleasant when thawed.
Quick-frozen fruits and vegetables can hold their nutrients well, especially if inside an airtight container. But any kind of processing can destroy vitamins.
After the beans are frozen, they have a softer texture if you allow them to thaw. When you’re ready to reuse the beans, place the frozen baked beans in the refrigerator to defrost.
Allow the beans to thaw for up to a day. Before it can be eaten, it needs to be heated thoroughly. If you put frozen beans straight into the saucepan to heat up, they can become watery and mushy, and have an undesirable taste.
How to Preserve Baked Beans
Baked beans are popular because of their heartiness and low cost. The baked beans are made from navy beans, full of fiber and high in protein. When perfectly preserved, it becomes an easy and delicious solution for busy parents and kids.
- If you’re using raw beans, cook them first and let them cool to room temperature. Freezing hot beans can make the containers expand, and break.
- Pack the beans (with the sauce) inside an airtight container. Ceramic or a plastic-covered dish is better than a plastic bag.
- Don’t fill your container all the way. Leave a small bit of space in case the container expands while in the freezer.
- Use freezer-safe containers. They’re less likely to break under rapidly changing temperatures.
- If your baked beans include meat, cover it with sauce before closing it. The sauce will keep the meat from drying out.
- Label your container and write the date on top. You can keep it in the freezer for about 6 months, before the flavor and texture start to deteriorate.
Baked Beans Recipes
Classic Boston Baked Beans: a simple and delicious recipe. Adding baking soda while the beans are cooking gets rid of the gas. The bacon and molasses make it even better.
Barbecue Baked Beans: Are your family members getting tired of the same ol’ baked bean recipe? Switch it up a little! Try these spicy BBQ baked beans, cooked in a cast-iron pot.
Vegan Homemade Baked Beans: Someone or your whole family making the change to vegan? Have tasty, flavorful baked beans, and control the amount of salt and sugar that go in them.