Freezing canned foods?

United States
January 12, 2011 4:23pm CST
I made a big wok of fried rice the other night and I put in some canned bean sprouts. Well the can I bought was pretty big and I decided not to use the whole can so I put it in the fridge. Tonight we are making chicken salad and I have left over canned peas as well (family is not a big fan of peas). I wanted to ask if it was possible to freeze the items? Or is my only option to use them up right away?
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@katsmeow1213 (28820)
• United States
12 Jan 11
I've never tried freezing canned foods, but I don't see why there'd be a problem. The only thing I know for certain that doesn't freeze well is milk and mayonaisse.
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@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Jan 11
Actually you can freeze milk, but it is important to thaw it completely and beat the milkfat back into the liquid. The fat thaws first and floats to the top otherwise. I did this when first married and shopping at the commissary.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
1 Jul 11
I am not sure about already canned / preserved (store bought) items such as this. I wouldn't risk it myself unless the ingredients says it was only perserved with water and that is it, because well I'd be afraid I'd be freezing the perservates which would only prove to rot the food after awhile. If that makes any sense?
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
25 Jan 11
I think it would be fine to freeze them for later use. U can always put them in soup later on if u make soup.
@dorannmwin (36636)
• United States
15 Jan 11
If I've had it in my house, most likely I've frozen it in my house as well. That said, I've frozen bread, milk and some other things that other people really don't think are easy to freeze. I'm not positive about how bean sprouts will hold up with the freezing and thawing process because of the fact that they are pretty delicate. That said, if you aren't planning on using them in the next few days, the worst case scenario is that you will know in the future that they do not freeze and thaw well.
• United States
14 Jan 11
peas..you can,but i'd recommend putting them in something premade before you freeze them.they tend to shrivel up.
@bunnybon7 (32488)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Jan 11
good idea to freeze stuff you can use later. i think you can always freeze most anything as long as you put it in a good tight container thats plastic, etc, not the can or cooking pot. must be possible to freeze them. you can buy those things frozen at the market.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
13 Jan 11
I've frozen just about everything over the years. Peas do pretty good in the freezer but loose the "fresh factor" immediately. I won't freeze bean sprouts again. I found they become very limp and flavorless when I did. If I can't get a small enough can of them I'll get fresh or plan two different things for them using them up within two days.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
13 Jan 11
I don't know, canned peas and bean sprouts have already been well processed I would be careful about freezing them. The worse thing that can happen is you can't eat them when they thaw.
@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
13 Jan 11
Bean sprouts don't freeze well because of their high water content. Use them up! The peas will freeze well but suffer a bit in texture. If you put them in a casserole, though, you won't notice.
@nayaz1625 (131)
• Mauritius
13 Jan 11
do not know if its deftrimental to health but I do freeze unused canned food.
• United States
13 Jan 11
You can freeze the left overs but I would not put the cans in the freezer only the food that is already cooked. I am not sure how long the food is good for though?
@marguicha (80215)
• Chile
12 Jan 11
Some things do not freeze well and I imagine that beans sprouts are one of them. But that doesn´t mean they are not edible. So try, just in case. The worst that can happen is that they get a little mushy. But the you can add some al dente steamed green beans the next time you serve then to disquise the bean sprouts.
• United States
12 Jan 11
The peas and sprouts will freeze fine depending on the container use to freeze them. They certainly will not taste fresh but they can taste just as good as when they were store bought in the can. Sneak those peas somehow into the family meals as they are really great nutrients. How, oh you have to experiment a bit as once they notice the green look it is over. LOL
@Hatley (157523)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Jan 11
hi3snugglebunnies I do not see why that would not work as I have frozne much the same combo with fried rice and bean sprouts and other vegie and it came out really tasty.when I used to get fresh bean sprouts I was always forgetting to use them up and losing half of them as they were cheap enough but do not stay fresh too long. Cooked ones you can freeze. I miss chinese sty;e food here as we have mostly mexicam workers in the kitchen we get a real great take on tacos and enchiladas and I really do enjoy them too. some do not like those type of veggies but I think they are great and are really healthy too.You kow I think a lot of people are turned off peas as most canned peas are too old and tastless. fresh garden peas and new little potatoes are so good. Peas freeze okay not so sure about potatoes but potatoes are so easy to cook thats no problewm. I miss doing my own cooking.
@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Jan 11
I know the peas will freeze. The bean sprouts probably will be okay. I have not tried it. I actually save little dabs of vegetables from meals all in a plastic container in the freezer and use them to make soups. Eggs do not freeze well in the shell, although I have heard you can beat them with salt or sugar and freeze them.