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Old 10-17-2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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Wink Freezing Grt. Northern beans?

Can you freeze beans after they have been soaked overnight ? I have way too many- forgot how they swell -- filled my pot and there's not much room for anything else !

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Old 10-17-2006, 08:11 AM   #2
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I know you can freeze them after they are cooked

but I'm don't think freezing them soaked and raw would work. Can you just cook them separately and then freeze?
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:24 AM   #3
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but I'm don't think freezing them soaked and raw would work. Can you just cook them separately and then freeze?
Yes I can using two pots ! I have never soaked 2 lbs. before- alot of beans here. lol Thanks for you suggestion ! I just wanted to bag some up and freeze-
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Old 10-17-2006, 10:08 AM   #4
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Freezing the beans doesn't sound like a good idea to me, but I don't know a thing about the science --AND, I'm not where my "Cookwise" is right now.

If you have that book, I'd consult it before proceeding... or do you have the Harold McGee, On Food and Cooking?"

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Old 10-17-2006, 10:21 AM   #5
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Barb, sounds like you need to get a larger pot!
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Old 10-17-2006, 10:26 AM   #6
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cook them with ham or soup bones and herbs etc...cool and freeze. Then use in your next soup stew or baked bean dish. Beans freeze fine.
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Old 10-17-2006, 10:32 AM   #7
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I have frozen cooked beans as well. They defrost well with no loss of texture.
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Old 10-17-2006, 11:13 AM   #8
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The Beans are cooking-- in two pots ! Going to freeze one for baked beans! Thanks all for your input !
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Old 10-17-2006, 12:42 PM   #9
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Barb I've never frozed beans that have only been soaked but I've frozen all types of cooked beans. I've never had a problem with taste or texture when I've thawed them. In fact, one of our favorite baked bean recipes makes a lot, so I freeze in manageable portions. Freeze on, girl!
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Old 10-17-2006, 12:45 PM   #10
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Two pounds IS a lot. And yes, you need a larger pot.
I think freezing them after just soaking will make them turn to puree when thawed and cooked, but I have no personal experience.
Do you have a pressure cooker? You could cook two batches real quick.
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