How to Freeze Edamame Soybeans

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If you want to enjoy the nutty flavor of edamame throughout the winter, try freezing them. Edamame, or unripe soybeans, is a nutritious vegetable that has 12 g of protein, 13 g of carbohydrate and 3.5 g of fat in a 100-gram serving. The legume is also high in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A. Freezing edamame, which is a good way to preserve nutrients, requires blanching. Blanching involves placing vegetables in boiling water for a short time period to stop enzymes and maintain flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Pot
  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Baking sheet or tray
  • Freezer bags
  • Wash the edamame to remove any dirt or grit. Remove the beans from the pods if desired.

  • Make an ice-water bath by filling a bowl with cold water and ice cubes.

  • Fill the pot with water and bring to a boil.

  • Place the edamame in the boiling water for two to three minutes. The pods or beans will turn bright green.

  • Drain the beans in the colander.

  • Put the pods in the ice water bath for two to three minutes, which immediately stops the cooking process.

  • Remove the edamame from the ice-water bath and place on paper towels to drain and cool.

  • Spread the cooled pods on a baking sheet or tray in a single layer and freeze. After the pods are frozen place them in freezer bags.

Tips & Warnings

  • Write the date on the freezer bag. Frozen foods can be safely stored for a long time at 0 degrees F, but in order to maintain quality do not freeze longer than 12 months.
  • Freeze edamame in smaller bags to use for individual meals.

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