How to Freeze Bean Sprouts: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Freeze Bean Sprouts: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Freeze Bean Sprouts: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

The bean sprouts are tasty and are great in many dishes, such as stir-fries, soups and salads. Do you have a lot of bean sprouts in your house and you're not going to use them all at once? Freeze to keep them for up to one year. If you blanch before freezing, you'll be able to preserve much of the texture and flavor of this vegetable.


Part 1 of 2: Blanching the bean sprouts

Freeze Bean Sprouts Step 1

Step 1. Wash the sprouts well in cold water

Like any other vegetable, bean sprouts need to be washed to get rid of dirt and bacteria. Lightly run your fingers over the sprouts while they are underwater to clean without damage.

  • If it will take a few minutes to put the sprouts in the boiling water, dry them with a paper towel so they don't get soft.
  • Since bean sprouts are quite small, put a strainer in the sink while you're washing so they don't fall down the drain if you drop them.

Step 2. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil

Since water evaporates easier in shallow pans, choose a deeper one for scalding. Fill 2/3 of the pot's capacity with water so that it doesn't overflow. Put it on the stove, turn the heat on high and wait for large bubbles to form.

The water must have the entire surface full of bubbles and they cannot disappear even if you move

Freeze Bean Sprouts Step 3

Step 3. Take an ice bath

Making the ice bath ready to go prevents the sprouts from overcooking. If you don't have ice, ice water works, but the traditional ice bath is the best way to stop the cooking process.

  • The ice bath helps preserve the crispy character of the bean sprouts after freezing.
  • If you are going to scald several batches of bean sprouts, you may need to add more ice as it melts from the heat of the sprouts.

Step 4. Put a handful of sprouts in boiling water for three minutes

Even if the pot is large, it's best to scald a handful at a time. If there are too many sprouts, they may not cook evenly and thus it is more difficult to control the result.

If the amount of sprouts is large, you will have to make several batches, but since each one is only in the water for three minutes, the process will not take long

Step 5. Take the sprouts out of the water using a slotted spoon

After cooking for three minutes, use the slotted spoon to pick the sprouts out of the pan. This avoids bringing hot water into the ice bath.

Do not leave the sprouts in boiling water for more than three minutes or they will be soft once frozen

Step 6. Place the sprouts in the ice bath immediately

Soak the sprouts in iced water and leave for 30 seconds or until they are completely cool. This method stops the cooking process at the same time and leaves the sprouts with a soft texture on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

  • Remove sprouts from ice as soon as they cool. They can get soft if left in the water for too long.
  • If you are scalding more than one batch, place another handful of sprouts in the pan of boiling water while cooling the first one.
  • This method is used to cook many types of vegetables, but it works even better on delicate ones like bean sprouts.
Freeze Bean Sprouts Step 7

Step 7. Place the sprouts on top of the paper towel to dry

Use the same slotted spoon to get them out of the ice bath. Make a pile of paper towels and place them on top of it in one layer so they can dry.

Sprouts need to be completely dry before freezing to avoid frostbite

Part 2 of 2: Placing the sprouts in the freezer

Step 1. Place the blanched sprouts on a baking sheet, forming a single layer

Once you have scalded and dried all the sprouts, spread them out on a straight baking sheet. Avoid placing the sprouts on top of each other or they will not freeze properly.

  • If desired, place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet before placing the sprouts. However, if they're dry enough, they won't stick to the pan.
  • Pre-freezing the bean sprouts on the baking sheet helps keep them separate, rather than lumping together.
Freeze Bean Sprouts Step 9

Step 2. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 10 minutes

You shouldn't leave them until they've completely frozen, just long enough for them to start to harden. After 10 minutes, take a look to see if they are ready.

  • Leave them longer if you play and find that they are still not hard.
  • Check the buds every five minutes until they reach the desired texture.

Step 3. Take the baking sheet out of the freezer and place the sprouts in airtight containers

Estimate how many sprouts you will use at each meal and separate the servings as you prefer. You can put them in plastic jars with lids that seal tightly or in zip-lock bags.

  • If you choose the plastic bag with a zipper, remove excess air from inside before closing.
  • Since the bean sprouts may expand a little as they finish freezing, leave 1.3 cm of space on top of the jar or plastic bag.
Freeze Bean Sprouts Step 11

Step 4. Place the pots in the freezer immediately

Don't let the sprouts start to thaw: return them to the freezer as soon as possible. Since they are delicate even after freezing, place the sprouts in an area where they won't wrinkle and nothing will be placed on top.

Write the freezing date on the pot or plastic bag so you can see how long the sprouts have been in the freezer. Bean sprouts last 10 to 12 months in the freezer

Freeze Bean Sprouts Step 12

Step 5. Thaw the bean sprouts in the fridge when you want to use them

Ideally, let the sprouts thaw gently, then place the plastic bag or pot in the fridge and wait for the temperature to change. Defrosting in the microwave or using other methods can leave the buds soft and shriveled.

  • They will take a few hours to thaw in the fridge, so schedule yourself when you want to use them in the kitchen.
  • If you are going to put the sprouts in a hot dish, such as a soup or a stir-fry, you don't need to defrost them first.

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