Everything You Need to Know About Freezing Baked Beans

Chris Starks
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Are baked beans healthy?

Baked beans are legumes which come in a variety of different styles. Some types of canned baked beans can have a canola oil base. This is certainly an unhealthy choice because of the high saturated fat levels. The other type has a tomato base that makes them high in vitamin A, folates, vitamin C and K. This tomato base is a healthy choice for your family.

A can of baked beans will give you 272 calories and 0 grams of fat. This is what you are getting in one serving:

  • 57 Calories
  • 0 g Total Fat
  • 18 g Carbohydrates
  • 8 g Fiber

Learning to Freeze Baked Beans

Frozen baked beans are my favorite freezer food. I love eating them cold, just thawed out and straight from the fridge, and I also like warm baked beans on toast. Here's how I freeze them:

1 Cook the beans by simmering your canned beans and/or making your own fresh beans from scratch (my favorite).

2 Allow the beans to cool to room temperature. We love our baked beans and don't want to sacrifice fresh tastes and textures to the freezing process!

3 Pour the room temperature beans into clean, dry 1 cup containers. Try to avoid air pockets. I use 1 cup snap-lid glass jars. Other options include reusable glass ice-cream tubs with snap-on lids, or plastic freezer storage containers. Try to use Tupperware or other BPA free containers.

4 Label the container with tablespoon measurements making sure that you can see these visuals through the glass jars. You can see the tablespoon measurement markings through the glass jars, but use a non-permanent marker or stick-on labels.

5 Place the containers in your freezer's pull-out freezer compartment.

6 Freeze the beans. It will take several hours for them to fully freeze. Thaw the beans much more quickly by running hot water over the bottom of the containers for a few minutes.

7 Eat them any way you like.

Cooking with Baked Beans

Freezing baked beans is an easy way to have them handy and available to jump start a meal on busy nights or for emergencies (just in case you get home late from work and realize you have nothing to serve your kids). You can make an extra batch of baked beans and freeze them into individual portion sizes for heating later.

In addition to being easily stored, freezing baked beans is a great way to save money, especially if you tend to taste-test batches as you cook them.

Are frozen baked beans affordable?

I’m already a huge fan of home-cooked convenience dinner recipes. But after my husband lost his job and started eating baked beans quite regularly for weeks, I took it upon myself to see if I could lower our grocery budget even further. I wanted to see if I could substitute our regular canned baked beans with a less expensive brand.

So I grabbed a 20-ounce can of Progresso and a 20-ounce can of store brand baked beans, and reduced the recipe in half. I dumped both cans of beans into a casserole dish, added ketchup, barbecue sauce, and mustard … just like my regular recipe … but added bacon, too.

I baked the recipe for 15 minutes at 350 degrees and then set the timer for another 15 minutes. It was well done by then, but just making the dish cost less than half of what I usually pay for baked beans. I’ll still buy the name-brand ones for special occasions, but I’ve learned there are other ways around the grocery budget.

Meal Prepping with Frozen Baked Beans

Especially if you are busy, keeping a stock of frozen baked beans in the freezer can save you loads of time and money.

This convenient method of preserving can help you save it for the future.

Method 1: Using Freezer Bags

If you are in a hurry, you can use your freezer bags. Just make sure you leave about an inch of space between the beans and the top of the bag. If you squeeze out all the air, you’ll reduce freezer burn … but more importantly others will not be able to smell them!

If you are planning to freeze baked beans for longer than 2 months, it’s best to label your bags. That way you’ll know when they were made. And you might want to date the bags for extra security.

Method 2: Using Freezer Tray

You can save time with a freezer tray that you can use up to 12 at a time. It’s a better deal to get a bigger size because freezing beans in a larger space will save you more money than filling those small little bags.

And here is another pro tip. When you are choosing your baked beans, go for the homemade ones. They have fewer calories and zero to little sugar.

Digestion issues with freeze baked beans

Beans are a vegetarian diet’s best friend. They offer a complete protein and offer a wide variety of nutrients, including soluble and insoluble fiber, folate, magnesium, and potassium.

The fiber and protein help you to feel full and contented, and these nutrients help to keep digestion ticking over. Beans are also typically high in starch, which should be consumed sparingly for those with such conditions as diabetes. This is where freezing baked beans comes in handy.

Since there are so many recipes (with and without meat) that call for either canned or baked beans, why not stock up and freeze your beans to save a trip to the grocery store in the future?

The issue of freezing cooked beans is the concern that freezing will change the texture of the beans. Freezing will change the texture. That’s because the cellular processes in the beans are slowed down by the cold temperature, which causes the bean cells to break open. There’s no way to protect these bean cells and prevent this separation.

However, you can prevent both the flavor and texture changes by storing your beans in the freezer. The best way to freeze beans is to cool them completely after cooking. Then seal them in freezer-safe ziplock bags. Lay the bag flat in the freezer so the beans freeze in a single layer.

Making your own baked beans

Is really easy for a small batch.

Want to know how to freeze baked beans? It’s even easier than canning them.

The process of freezing baked beans varies based on the canning method you used “ hot water bath or pressure canning.

First, I’ll review how to freeze baked beans with a water bath canner. I’ll also give instructions for freezing baked beans without a water bath canner.

Next, I’ll discuss safety considerations when freezing baked beans.

Then, I’ll give you general information about how to freeze baked beans in various forms including whole beans, drained beans, and puréed beans.

Freezing baked beans is an essential skill to master

For the cook who plans on stocking up on canned goods for large events like back-to-school, holidays, or camping outings. It’s important to know how to prevent canned beans from leaking liquids into your other food in the pantry, so you don’t risk making a big mess. As a bonus, freezing the beans will make them easier to use when it’s time to make that next batch of chili. Plus there’s no point buying a bulk of beans and then forgetting about them until it’s time to make chili.

The first step is to clean the cans and then immediately place the beans in the freezer. I prefer to clean the cans in boiling water and detergent; however, rinsing them out with soap and water and then dousing them with lukewarm water will do the trick. I don’t use these beans right away because I find that freezing them beforehand concentrates the flavors, which I prefer when making a large amount of chili. Two days is enough for the beans to defrost overnight. Or if you prefer, you can pour boiling water over the frozen beans and allow them to defrost several hours or overnight.

Dry beans are another popular addition to chili. But I’ve found that I get the best texture from my chili by using freshly cooked beans.