How to Prepare Butter Beans for Freezing


Butter beans, or lima beans--depending on where you're from and what you have been raised to call them--are medium-size beans that come in a pod. If you've have reaped the benefits of a large crop this year, you may not want to see them go to waste. Rather than try to consume your entire harvest before it goes bad, butter beans can be frozen and saved for a later date to enjoy.

Step 1

Shell the beans by hold the pods in both hands and twisting to open them up, extracting the butter beans from inside. Discard the pods.

Step 2

Wash the butter beans in a colander under cool running water to remove any dirt.

Step 3

Pick through the beans and discard any that have dark spots.

Step 4

Boil a pot of water on the stove.

Step 5

Pour the beans into the pot and allow them to boil for two to three minutes with the lid on.

Step 6

Pour the beans into a colander to drain the hot water.

Step 7

Put the beans into a large bowl of ice water to lower the temperature and stop the cooking process.

Step 8

Pour the beans back into the colander after three minutes in the ice water to drain them.

Step 9

Allow the beans five minutes to drain in the colander to help get rid of as much moisture as possible.

Step 10

Pat the beans dry by placing them on paper towels and patting them dry with more paper towels.

Step 11

Put the beans into airtight plastic bags making sure to leave two to three inches of space at the top.

Step 12

Place the bags immediately into the freezer.

Things You'll Need

  • Colander
  • Pot
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Airtight plastic bags


  • Hertzler Farm and Feed Inc: Butter Beans or Limas
  • National Center for Home Food Preservation: Freezing Lima, Butter, or Pinto Beans
  • Food Preservation A Closer Look: Freezing Peas and Butter Beans
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