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How to Preserve Butter Beans

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Butter beans are members of the Phaseolus lunatus family and often are referred to in certain areas of the U.S. as lima beans. There are two types of butter beans prevalent in the U.S.: those that are slightly embryonic in shape, large and a light gr

Butter beans are members of the Phaseolus lunatus family and often are referred to in certain areas of the U.S. as lima beans. There are two types of butter beans prevalent in the U.S.: those that are slightly embryonic in shape, large and a light green in colour and those that are a little rounder and smaller and known as sieva-type butter beans. When in the Southern U.S. region, they will call the former lima beans and the latter butter beans.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

ColanderSinkLarge bowlGentle dishwashing detergentIceVacuum food sealer or sealable, plastic freezer bags

Instructions

1 Place the beans in a colander. Rinse them thoroughly under cold, running water. Pick through the beans, and remove any large piece of dirt or leaves. Place the colander in a bowl.

2 Add ½ tsp of gentle dishwashing detergent to a gallon of cold water and pour over the beans. Let the beans soak for about 15 minutes. Remove the colander from the bowl, spill out the water, rinse the bowl thoroughly and wash off the beans one at a time to make sure all the soap is removed.

3 Boil a large pot of water (three pots if you are doing size sorting). Prepare one or three bowls with ice cubes with about 1 cup of water. For the large beans, parboil them for 4 minutes, medium beans 3 minutes and small beans 2 minutes.

4 Remove the beans from the boiling water with a large, slotted spoon and place into the bowl with the ice water. Remove them after the same amount of time that they were parboiled, and then drain them in the colander.

5 Place the beans in a vacuum-sealed bag or a sealable freezer bag. Label what they are and the date you froze them. Place them in the freezer. Use the earliest frozen beans first.

Tips and warnings

Use zip-type sealing freezer bags, removing as much air as possible, if you do not have a vacuum sealer. You can use a straw to suck the air out of the freezer bags.

Use the beans within four months. If you wish, you may cook them and freeze them again using the same bagging method.

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