4 Ways to Freeze Pods

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4 Ways to Freeze Pods
4 Ways to Freeze Pods

Fresh pods are generally available in supermarkets and markets throughout the year. You can preserve the pods by freezing them for later use. It's easy to make at home and gives you control over the quality of your family's food. See this article as a guide to freezing pods and making the best use of them in three delicious recipes.


Method 1 of 4: Freezing Pods

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Step 1. Buy fresh beans at the supermarket or market

  • Only use pods that have no stains. Look for pods that don't have small beans already formed inside them. Although the small beans do not interfere with the flavor or quality of the pods, they do mean that the food is overcooked.

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  • Use the freshest pods possible. Freeze them on the day you buy or harvest them. If you have to wait to freeze the beans, store them in the fridge in the meantime.

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Step 2. Wash the pods well

Step 3. Cut the pods

  • Use a sharp knife to cut the ends of the pods. If the pods have stains or damaged parts, you can remove them with the knife.

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  • Cut the pods to the size you prefer. You can leave them whole or cut them into pieces of about 2 cm. You can use a device that cuts and removes the seeds from the pods at the same time.

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Step 4. Prepare the pan

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Leave space in the pan for the pods. Closing the pot with a lid makes the water boil faster and saves energy (or gas).

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  • Fill a second large pot or bowl with ice cubes and water.

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Step 5. Blanch the pods in boiling water for 3 minutes

  • This process removes enzymes that damage the quality of the pods.

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  • Don't let the pods boil for too long or they will be overcooked.

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Step 6. Transfer the pods to ice water

  • Use a slotted spoon to move the pods from one pot to another.

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  • Add more ice to the pods if necessary.

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  • Allow the pods to cool for at least 3 minutes.

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Step 7. Drain the pods

  • It is important to remove as much moisture as possible from the pods. Otherwise, they can form ice crystals in the freezer, which can cause flavor to be lost.

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  • Use paper towels to remove extra moisture from the pods.

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Step 8. Pack the pods

  • Use freezer bags that seal with a vacuum sealer.

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  • Put enough in each bag to prepare a meal for your family. This way you will be able to defrost exactly as much as you need instead of using the entire amount of pods. A satisfactory measure is a handful of pods for each person.

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  • Close a bag almost completely. Insert a straw into the opening. Remove the remaining air through the straw. Remove the straw when finished sealing the bag.

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  • Label the bags with the date you made the freeze.

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Step 9. Freeze the pods

  • Arrange the pods in the bags so that they are well stretched. This allows the pods to freeze quickly and preserve their fresh taste.
  • Frozen pods last for 9 months in a conventional freezer and longer in a professional freezer.

Method 2 of 4: Roasting Pods

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Step 1. Preheat oven to 218 °C

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Step 2. Remove the pods from the freezer and spread them in layers on a baking sheet

Some of the pods may be frozen together; separate them as much as you can with your fingers and a fork.

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Step 3. Oil the pods

Olive oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, or sunflower oil are good choices.

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Step 4. Season the beans with salt and pepper

Sprinkle with other spices if you like, such as cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, oregano or other spices. Turn the pods over to fully cover them.

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Step 5. Place the pods in the oven

Cook for 10 minutes, then remove them from the oven and use a spatula to stir them. Put them back in the oven until they are golden and crispy, in about five minutes.

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Step 6. Remove the pods from the oven

Add seasonings or grated cheese if desired. Serve it hot.

Method 3 of 4: Sauteing the Pods

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Step 1. Remove the pods from the freezer

Remove them from the freezer and place them in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to separate the pods that have stuck together.

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Step 2. Put some oil in a pan and place over medium-high heat

Allow the oil to heat up.

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Step 3. Place the pods in the pan

Stir them using a wooden spoon until all are well coated with oil. They will start to thaw and generate heat. Cook the beans until the water evaporates.

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Step 4. Season the beans with salt and pepper

Add any other spices you like such as garlic, fresh ginger, lemon and red pepper for extra flavor.

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Step 5. Saute the pods until lightly browned and crunchy

Remove from heat before softening.

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Step 6. Place the pods in a bowl

Serve hot as a garnish or add spinach and other green salads for a texture contrast.

Method 4 of 4: Frying the pods

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Step 1. Remove the pods from the freezer

Remove them from the freezer bag and place them in a bowl. Allow them to completely thaw.

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Step 2. Dry the pods with a paper towel

Excessive moisture can cause the pods to soften.

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Step 3. In a small bowl, mix together a cup of beer, a cup of flour, 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Use a whisk to stir the mixture until it is uniform.

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Step 4. Put some oil in a large skillet over medium heat

Allow the oil to heat until ready to fry. Test whether it is ready by placing the handle of a wooden spoon. When bubbles begin to form around the spoon, the oil is ready.

Do not use oil for frying: it decomposes when heated to high temperatures. Peanut, vegetable or canola oil is a better choice

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Step 5. Place the mixed dough in a large food bag

Put the pods inside the bag. Close and shake well.

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Step 6. Use tongs to transfer the dough pods into the hot oil

Continue transferring the pods until you have a layer of pods.

  • Don't put too many pods in the pan so they don't spoil.

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  • Avoid overlapping the pods.

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Step 7. Cook the beans until golden and crispy

Remove them with a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve hot.


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