How to Freeze Cooked Dried Beans

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Cooked dried beans take time and effort to make, so when you make a large portion, you'll want to effectively save them for a later date. Freezing cooked dried beans is one of the best ways to preserve freshness, taste and quality. When you freeze cooked dried beans you want to package them appropriately so that they don't get freezer burned. Using airtight containers or bags are the best way to freeze cooked dried beans.

Allow the cooked dried beans to cool to room temperature, about an hour after you remove them from the heat. Don't wait too long to package and freeze them as they can loose their just-made taste and flavor.

Use an airtight container or a freezer bag. Portion the beans out to the size of your family or a typical serving so you don't have defrost the entire batch when you want to serve it.

Place the smaller portions in the airtight container or freezer bag and remove as much air from the container as possible by squeezing the excess air out.

Close the container or bag and place in the back of the freezer where it is the coldest. Use the beans within three months after freezing in a conventional freezer or six months after freezing in a deep freezer.