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How to Freeze Broad Beans

Posted Jul 13 2009 10:02pm

There are two schools of thought on how to freeze broad beans – some people blanche the beans before freezing and some don’t.

Blanching involves plunging the beans into boiling water to stop all enzyme activity with the beans, so the beans stay exactly as they are without any deterioration.  Therefore, the healthy vitamins and minerals will remain in the beans.  After a couple of minutes at boiling point, the beans are dropped into ice-cold water, to stop the cooking process. 

To freeze broad beans by blanching:

  • shell the beans
  • plunge the broad beans into a very fast boiling saucepan, so the water just covers the beans
  • return the water to the boil as quicklyas possible
  • after 3 mins,drain the broad beans
  • immediatley put into ice cold water to bring temperature down quickly
  • drain
  • fill freezer bags with the cold, dried beans
  • freeze the broad beans immediately

To freeze broad beans without blanching:

  • shell the beans
  • fill freezer bags with the shelled braod beans
  • freeze the broad beans immediately

It is worth trying both methods, to decide how to freeze broad beans for yourself.

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