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24. September 2019

Guide: How to freeze soybeans

Keeping a batch of frozen soybeans in your freezer is so convenient! This is my simple way to enjoy delicious edamame beans all year round. This is how I freeze soybeans at home.

En hög med gröna sojabönor i skal på ett bord. Freeze soybeans, green beans on a table.

Freshly harvested delicious soybeans, of the variety Midori Giant. It's one of my new favorite varieties.

 

I often freeze soybeans I harvest here at home in the kitchen garden. It's so convenient! Perfect for winter. It's really easy to freeze soybeans since you don't need to clean them or do anything particular except parboil them before putting them in the freezer.

Make sure to harvest the soybeans at the right time. They should have developed a few beans inside the pod. Try feeling the pod to know for sure when it's time. Also, don't harvest them too soon. If you do, you won't get nearly as much food as you want. On the other hand, you don't want to do it too late either if you want to eat fresh edamame beans. The soybeans turn yellow and a lot drier when they ripen.

 

More about beans: How to grow fava beans

 

Instructions:

  • Pick the beans. Rinse them if they are dirty.
  • Boil water in a large pot, add a little salt.
  • Add the beans and boil them for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour the water and the beans into a strainer and rinse the beans in cold water.
  • Put the beans on a tray covered in a baking sheet (put them in a bag or a jar at a later time.)

 

Read about storing beans: How to store beans long-term

 

It's really easy to cook the frozen beans. Just add a handful to a hot pan with olive oil and pan-fry until they get a little color. After that, simply season with salt. This is our favorite method! You could also warm the beans in hot water and just add a little sea salt on top. In conclusion, simply do the same thing you always do with your store-bought edamame beans. Enjoy!
/Sara Bäckmo

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