How to Freeze Navy Beans

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Navy beans earned their name because they were commonly fed to members of the U.S. Navy in the early part of the 20th century. Navy beans are white in color and smaller in size than pinto and black beans. Freezing navy beans that are already cooked provides a convenient alternative to canned products. You can add the frozen beans to soups or other recipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container with lid
  • Freezer bag
  • Undercook beans by three to five minutes. This helps them to retain their shape and texture once you thaw the frozen beans.

  • Cool the cooked navy beans for about one to two hours until they are at room temperature. This prevents the hot beans from heating up your freezer. Do not drain them.

  • Divide the cooked beans up into portion sizes typical of the recipes you intend to use them in so you don't have to thaw a larger amount than needed.

  • Place the navy beans along with the cooking liquid into an air-tight container. Freezer bags work well for smaller portions while plastic containers with tight lids work for larger portions. Freezing them with the liquid keeps them from drying out or getting freezer burn.

  • Label the container with the date of freezing and use within two to three months for the best flavor and texture.

  • Place the sealed container of navy beans into the freezer.

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