It’s amazing how easy it is to grow the delicious Butter beans in your own garden. It is even more fascinating to know that you can, in fact, freeze your butter beans without any effort whatsoever. So if the question of “Can you freeze butter beans” ever crossed your mind like it did mine, then rest assured.
Nothing can beat a hot stew bowl filled with butter beans or some chili con carne, you won’t need anything other than defrosting your already cooked and frozen butter beans, whether they are canned or freshly picked and cooked.
Can you freeze fresh butter beans without blanching?
It is not advised to try to freeze butter beans without blanching first. They don’t freeze well at all, due to the fact that they have a high water content. That’s why they need a preparation step before freezing!
How to blanch butter beans for freezing?
- Start by bringing a large pot filled with water to a boil.
- Pour your butter beans into the pot filled with water once it starts boiling. Leave it for two minutes to blanch.
- Drain the butter beans from the water using a colander, then immediately transfer the beans to a bowl filled with ice cubes, or just cold water. Leave them in the bowl for another two minutes.
- Run some cold water through the bowl to make sure they are completely cool.
- Drain the butter beans again, then move them to the container they are going to be frozen in. Now they are ready for the freezer.
How to freeze butter beans?
- Before attempting to move the butter beans into the freezer, you have to make sure they are cool enough to at least room temperature.
- Pour the butter beans into a freezer-friendly airtight container, freezer bag, or glass jar. Try to squeeze as much of the air as you can from the freezer bag, or fill the glass jar to the brim, making sure there is no excess air to lower the chance of freezer burns.
- Label the container or the bag it is stored in with the date and the content so that it is easier for you to later on distinguish it from other food stored in the freezer.
If you are willing to store a large portion of butter beans, then you should make sure to split this amount into separate small portions.
How to defrost butter beans?
I prefer to allow my frozen butter beans to defrost slowly overnight in the fridge. It doesn’t require anything other than moving the container with the frozen butter beans from the freezer to the fridge.
However, you have another alternative, which is directly heating the frozen butter beans without thawing it first. Just pour the frozen butter beans straight into a pot filled with boiling water or a soap.
Expect the butter beans to be a tiny bit softer than before freezing. But don’t worry, it is delicious nonetheless!
How to reheat butter beans?
It doesn’t require more than a few minutes to completely reheat the frozen butter beans. You have two options. Either place the beans in a pan filled with hot water, or even the microwave. Or you can just throw them in a casserole and you will have them ready in a few minutes.
How long do butter beans keep in the freezer?
If you are freezing butter beans on their own, then expect about a year in the freezer without any change in taste or texture. Only after the year will its high quality start to deteriorate a bit, it will still be safe to eat though.
Bear in mind, that the shelf life of butter beans inside the freezer, if they are cooked in a stew or soup, is significantly less.