Try frozen beans!Posted: July 21, 2010
You probably wont find these in your local grocery store. That’s probably a good thing cause they would be way overpriced anyway. I quit the canned bean habit since dried beans are a much better deal. But some people will still buy them because they are “convenient”. I say try the “IQF” (individually quick frozen) method.
Soak 2 lbs of beans for 24 hours. This will cause them to sprout. Pour off soaking water, rinse beans well, add water to cover plus 2 inches, and boil for 20 mins. Strain the beans, spread them on a single layer on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and let them cool completely. Once cooled, stick the whole cookie sheet in the freezer for about an hour. Remove the cookie sheet and separate the beans. You can then transfer them to a ziploc freezer storage bag.
I like this method so much because I can vary the amount of beans I want. No more hard blocks of two cup portions that I had to wait to thaw to get the amount that I wanted. Now I can just pour out the portion I need and stick the bag back in the freezer.
No need for the cans!