Old Edamame

We did a little fridge cleaning this weekend. And I unearthed this bag of frozen edamame that have been in our freezer since the Bush administration. Probably the son.

Not surprisingly, they looked bad.

Really bad.

A few had freezer burn, many were shriveled. I reluctantly made peace with putting them out to pasture (in the compost pile), but decided to do a little experiment before I did. I wanted to see just how bad they looked after cooking.

What began as more of a curiosity with a sliver of hope ended as another example of that age-old maxim: don’t judge a food by its appearance.

The (soy) beans inside looked great! I ate a whole bunch and they tasted the exact same as any other bag of frozen edamame I’ve ever had (i.e. fine, but not amazing).

P.S. If Wikipedia is to be believed, the Japanese word ‘edamame’ literally means “twig beans,” which I love.

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  1. WilliamB
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Good thing you tried it, eh? If you don’t like the taste try my ad-hoc invention “Asian succotash.” Equal amounts corn (fresh or canned, but I don’t think frozen works well for this) and edamame, with a littlecream, salt, and sugar. You can add minced red pepper for some color as well.

    Recently I’ve either rescued a lot of peaches by making ice cream from the excess, or wasted a few peaches by not making the ice cream earlier.

  2. Posted September 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m not surprised that the beans were still good: after all the pod’s main function is to protect the seeds inside come what may!
    There was a recent study (I can’t remember what it was called) that tested the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables that were past due, and the results were surprisingly positive: despite appearances, most were still packed with quite a bit of vitamins and minerals. I wish I could point you towards the study, but I can’t remember where I gleaned the info, but it just goes to show that alot of the food that ends up in the bin or the compost could have been eaten.

  3. Willis
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I just found a bag – same Trader Joe’s brand – and did the same experiment, however, I wasn’t as brave as you… before eating i went to the internet – luckily i found your story and I am munching on my edamame now. ;)

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