If you are looking to freeze bean sprouts and all their nutritional goodness, then this is the most comprehensive guide you can find!
These methods have worked like a charm for me.
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- Bean Sprouts
- Boiling Water
- Ice Bath
- Paper Towels
- Baking Sheets
- Parchment Paper
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bag
- No special tools needed
- Clean and Prep: Wash the bean sprouts thoroughly and remove any damaged ones.
- Blanch the Sprouts: Put the bean sprouts in a metal colander and then immerse it into a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes.
After that, immediately dip it into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
- Dray and Lay Out: Pat-dry the bean sprouts using a paper towel to avoid any water crystals forming on the bean sprouts.
Then lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that they are not crowded together as they can stick together when frozen.
- Flash Freeze: Leave the tray of bean sprouts in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it freeze solid.
- Portion Them: Divide the bean sprouts into portions you can easily consume in one go.
- Pack and Seal: Put the portioned bean sprouts into a freezer-safe air-tight container or a Ziploc bag and then seal them.
If you are using a Ziploc bag, make sure to squeeze out as much excess air as you can.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label with the best-before date, and you can freeze the sprouts till you need them next.
Freezing Bean Sprouts Without Blanching
Time Taken: 10 – 15 minutes
What You Need:
- Bean Sprouts
- Paper Towel
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
If you are in a hurry, you could skip the extra steps of blanching and directly freeze the bean sprouts.
Clean and Prep
Wash the bean sprouts and remove any damaged ones.
Dry and LayOut
Thoroughly dry the bean sprouts with a paper towel and then spread them out on a baking sheet lined with some parchment paper.
Leave the bean sprouts in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let them freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen bean sprouts into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bags and seal them.
If you are using Ziploc bags, make sure to remove as much excess air as you can before sealing them.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the date, and you are all set to freeze the bean
How Long Can You Freeze Bean Sprouts?
You can freeze bean sprouts for up to 10 months.
If you have frozen it after blanching, it will stay in the freezer with little to no change in the texture, taste, or nutritional value.
But if you have frozen it without blanching, it would be best to consume it within a month or two.
This is because the longer it stays in the freezer, the water in the sprouts separates, and it gets mushy and soggy.
This is why it is best to freeze bean sprouts after blanching.
How to Store Bean Sprouts?
You can freeze bean sprouts in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bags.
If you have small bean sprouts to freeze, then the freezer-safe container would work just fine.
But the best option would be to use the Ziploc bags.
Since the bean sprouts are tiny, they can be laid out flat in the Ziploc bags.
Then you can place the Ziploc bags one on top of the other, which is compact and can save space in the freezer.
So, if you are doing some meal prep and freezing bean sprouts in bulk, then the Ziploc bags are great.
You can also grab them when you want a healthy snack without having to deal with bulky containers.
How to Defrost Bean Sprouts?
To defrost bean sprouts, take out the portion you need and leave them in the fridge for a few hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually.
This is the best way to thaw them, especially if you haven’t blanched the sprouts beforehand.
You could also defrost it by leaving the container or Ziploc bag in a bowl of cold water and leaving it on the counter to thaw for a couple of hours.
If you use this method, you must consume sprouts immediately.
But if you plan to cook the bean sprouts, you can put the frozen sprouts into the dish without thawing them.
Can You Refreeze Bean Sprouts?
No, it is best advised not to refreeze bean sprouts.
This is because once the bean sprouts have defrosted, they can get soggy or mushy.
Repeated freezing worsens this condition, making it less appealing to eat and easy to get spoiled.
So, if you would like to avoid wasting frozen bean sprouts once it thaws, you can portion them beforehand into serving sizes that you can easily consume in one go.
Do Bean Sprouts Freeze Well?
Yes, bean sprouts freeze well, especially if they have been blanched before freezing.
When done right, they can last well in the freezer for up to 10 months and still be crunchy and nutritious.
But if you haven’t made the extra effort of blanching the bean sprouts and flash freezing them, then the bean sprouts have a shorter freezer life.
They will also get mushy and lose its crunchy texture once it thaws.
Yes, you can freeze canned bean sprouts. But you cannot freeze them in the can. They must be removed and dried, then flash-frozen before putting them in a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag.
It is best to consume them sooner rather than later, especially if they are closer to expiration and the can has been open for a while.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store bean sprouts.
If you have any questions or need, send in some tips and freezing hacks of your own; it would be great to hear from you.
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