Keys To Saving: Hey, You Can’t Freeze Refried Beans, Can You?

Cinco de Mayo was 4 days ago, and I’m tired of seeing the refried beans left in our fridge. You can only eat so many tostadas you know.

I wish they made individual serving size cans of the mashed up Mexican specialty, but they probably wouldn’t be very cost-effective anyway. Can you freeze refried beans?

Yes you can! Here’s how:

First, decide what portions you will use. It isn’t a great idea to re-freeze beans, so smaller single size portions are best. The beans will expand slightly when frozen, so leave a small space at the top of the container. Once you have filled your containers, label and date them, and place them in the freezer.

To defrost the beans, you don’t need to thaw them, just plop the beans into a small pot. Add a teaspoon of olive oil (or more if needed), and warm on medium-low heat. Stir beans every minute or two to prevent sticking. Once heated through, keep the beans covered to stop them from drying out.

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