How to Freeze Baked Beans
It should go without saying, but you should really ever need to freeze tins of food like baked beans. They’ll last for months if not years in the cupboard as the canning process preserves the beans.
But sometimes you will find yourself only eating half a tin and that’s when freezing comes in handy.
- Portion Out
Remove your leftover beans from the tin with any sauce and tip it into a suitable freezer-safe container. Don’t completely fill the container as the sauce will expand slightly when frozen.
Place the container in the freezer…
And that’s really all there is to it. No complicated method or multiple stages of freezing. You really have no excuses for wasting leftover baked beans now!
2 Tips for Freezing Baked Beans
Now you know how to freeze baked beans, we’ve got our 2 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:
- Never Freeze in the Tin – Never freeze in the tin! Instead, portion your baked beans out into airtight containers and freeze in those.
- Avoid in the First Place – Baked beans have an incredibly long shelf life so if you can avoid freezing them at all then that would best. If you find you only ever eat half a can then consider buying the mini cans in future.
How Long Can You Freeze Baked Beans?
Frozen baked beans will last in the freezer for a good 6 months before they need to be used up. When freezing them, it’s vital that you label them up with the date in which they need to be consumed so they don’t go to waste.
You Can Freeze Baked Beans for up to 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Baked Beans?
If you plan on eating the beans on a jacket potato or toast then you’ll want to fully defrost before cooking them as you normally would. Simply place in the fridge overnight to give them plenty of time to slowly thaw out.
You can then cook them how you normally would.
If, however, you plan on stirring your beans into a stew or casserole then the good is you can cook them straight from frozen. Simply remove the container from the freezer and tip the beans straight into the pan.
If they’re a little stuck then place the container in the microwave for a short 30-second burst to make it easier to remove the beans.
Can You Refreeze Baked Beans?
We would not recommend refreezing baked beans. You’ll find the texture of the beans themselves changes dramatically. You may even be left with beans that are mushy which is not what you want.
Do Baked Beans Freeze Well?
There is a risk that the beans will go a little mushy when frozen and some people dislike the texture of baked beans post-freezing. That’s why beans straight from the can are better than frozen. But frozen beans are still far better than beans thrown in the bin.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing baked beans or baked beans in general, then these may help:
Are Baked Beans Vegan?
Some are! If we look to Heinz then their standard baked beans are suitable for vegans. However, Heinz has confirmed that their no-added-sugar beans are not suitable for vegans.
They don’t disclose why as it’s part of their secret recipe but one assumption is that they filter the vinegar using animal products.
Are Baked Beans Healthy?
They’re full of fibre (obviously) and low in fat. But the sauce that most beans are submerged in will be full of sugar and salt in a lot of cases. If you’re looking for healthy beans then stick to plain haricot beans and make your own sauce which you can control.
Are Baked Beans Gluten-Free?
Simply put, mostly yes. But always check the packaging as there are a few brands that don’t mark their baked beans as being gluten-free.