How to Freeze Beans for Quick Meals

You can make quick meals, such as homemade bean burritos, by learning how to freeze beans for later.

Learn how to freeze beans for quick meals.

Precooked beans are easy to heat up for a quick, homemade side dish.

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Homemade burritos are a favorite in our home. But by the time I think about dinner, it’s often too late for even the quick-soak method for cooking beans. Canned beans are a last-minute option, but the higher price compared with bulk dry beans deters me.

I learned how to freeze beans and it’s been a great alternative. I make a big batch of beans once a month. After they’re cooked and have cooled, I freeze the beans in storage bags. If I have extra time, I will pre-freeze the cooked beans on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes before bagging. This optional step prevents them from sticking together. When it’s time for dinner, I break off a frozen chunk and heat it up. With a little planning, homemade beans are ready in minutes instead of hours!

Gretchen Garcia
Albuquerque, New Mexico