I’m coming at you this week to share one of the best hacks I’ve incorporated into my life when it comes to saving time and money in the kitchen. Learning how to bulk cook and freeze pulses!
We talked last week about how to prepare your pulses for the week, but why stop there? You can prepare your pulses until the end of time if you want! I’m kidding, you would need a lot of freezer space and they would probably also go freezer burnt. However, you can prepare them for several weeks at a time by using your freezer!
Why prepare and freeze pulses?
- Save even more time by soaking and cooking in batches when you have the time
- Convenience of having them always available
- You can freeze pulses in perfect portions for recipes
Preparing and freezing pulses will save you time, money, and will leave you with conveniently packaged pulses that are always available for eating!
- Follow instructions for Preparing Pulses using a one-day or two-day method. I like using a one-day method on a Sunday because that’s when I often have the most time during the week. Double or triple your recipe (2-3 cups of dried beans) to minimize the number of preparation days.
- Once your pulses are cooked, package in 2 cup portions in freezer bags. Make sure to label with the date, type of bean/chickpea, and how much is in the bag (incase you decide to portion in different amounts).
- Freeze and make sure to use in the next 2-3 months for best quality, especially if you are freezing in your refrigerator freezer.
Try a Variation: Chili Bean Mixes
Create your own bean mixes that are perfect for making chili by preparing several different types of pulses and freezing. Combine 2-3 types of your favourite chili beans – I like to use kidney beans, black beans and chickpeas (~1 cup of each), and freeze. Pull from the freezer to use directly in your chili recipe.
Check out one of my chili bean mixes: For this one I used cooked green lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, and black beans.
Let’s chat – Do you bulk prepare your pulses in advance? What hacks to you use to prepare pulses?