I love a stir fry with bean sprouts in it but I find them hard to find throughout the year. When they are in abundance I like to get some extra and freeze them so that I have some on hand when I want to make a stir fry or toss them into another dish I am making.
Pinterest has a variety of recipes that you can make using bean sprouts. A bean sprout is an edible shoot of certain bean plants and it is also used for juicing because of its health benefits. Bean sprouts are a rare breed that will retain nutritional properties until they are consumed. Most other ripe vegetable will decrease in nutritional value once they have been picked.
These little guys are a good source of amino acids (for protein), vitamins, and minerals. So, how can we freeze them so we always have some handy?
Can You Freeze Bean Sprouts?
You can freeze bean sprouts and due to limited year round availability it is an efficient and economical option.
How To Freeze Bean Sprouts
You want to blanch your beansprouts before you freeze them. Because of the high water content, they may get a little soggy once frozen but blanching them first will help to retain the crunchy texture.
- Put the bean sprouts into a pot of boiling water for about three minutes.
- Remove them immediately to an ice water bath for an added three minutes.
- Remove them from the ice water and drain them really well.
Once the beansprouts are blanched you are ready to freeze them. Portion them out into smaller bags so that you only need to thaw what you are going to use. If you have to refreeze them it will change the taste and texture. You should be able to keep beansprouts in your freezer for up to a year.
For a lot of recipes you can toss frozen beansprouts right into the pan. If you intend to use them in spring rolls or a salad (where the water will not cook off) it is best to thaw them and drain them before adding them to the dish.