How To Freeze Broad Beans

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Just got back from the allotment with two full buckets of Broad Beans. Obviously I won’t use that many Broad Beans at once so I need to store them, so I thought I’d share with you how to freeze Broad Beans.

How To Freeze Broad Beans

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There are many different schools of thought and techniques for keeping Broad beans,from drying them bottling them but for me the most convenient way is to freeze them. This leads us to our first choice, whether to blanche them or not.

Blanching is the term used to describe the process of par-boiling the Beans before freezing them. In my experience it all depends on how long you wish to keep them in the freezer. If you only have a few and you will be using them quite quickly just pod them and place them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer. If however you have a considerable amount and you want to be able to eat your own broad beans in December then it’s advisable to blanch them. So assuming that you wish to blanche your broad beans…..

How To Blanche Broad Beans

Step One

podded broad beans

So as I mentioned I have two full buckets of Broad Beans, so, the first thing to do is to pod them. This is not a difficult process, just snap the end of the bean and run your thumb along the inside this will release the beans. I catch mine in an oven tray as it is big enough to collect all the beans (including the ones that seem to jump as far from the pod as they can).

Step Two

how to freeze broad beans boiling

Rinse the Broad Beans in a colander and place into a saucepan of boiling water. Boil the beans for no longer than two minutes. Remember we are not trying to cook the beans just kill any bacteria that is likely to rot the beans in storage.

Step Three

broad beans soaking in ice cold water

Now drain the beans in a colander and plunge them immediately into a bowl of cold water. I use a washing up bowl as I have found that this gives me enough room to fill with a lot of cold water. The colder the better, I put ice cubes into the water and it’s surprising just how quickly it melts.

Step Four

Once the beans have cooled down sufficiently,(this usually takes about ten to twelve minutes) drain them and place them on a tea towel or similar and cover the beans with another tea towel. Gently pat them dry.

Step Five

How to freeze Broad Beans Freezer bag

Once the broad beans are dry, place as many as you will need for one portion(this will vary depending on the size of your family and how much you like broad beans) into a freezer bag. Gently squeeze the air from the bag and seal it.

Step Six

broad beans

Place the sealed freezer bag containing your broad beans into the freezer and leave. That’s really all there is to it. When you wish to eat broad beans just take a bag from the freezer and boil for about five minutes then enjoy.

 

2 comments on “How To Freeze Broad Beans

  1. Kerry

    Thanks for the details included in this helpful information…I always wondered why blanching was necessary. I love getting familiar with my fava beans! So delicious, healthy and versitile!

    Reply
    1. Steve Jones Post author

      Hi Kerry, thanks for taking the time to comment. I forget that Broad beans have another name in the USA, Fava beans sounds better than broad beans I think. 🙂

      Reply

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