Bags costs as little as $1. They stay in your freezer for months. You just steam them up when you want a snack, a cool starter for a fancy dinner, or a little green to create a full meal from soup or takeout sushi.
Edamame are just soybeans. I prefer the bags of beans still in their pods. Drain them from the boiling water and dust the damp pods with salt. The sea salt from William Sonoma is a delicious extravagance. You squeeze the pods with your teeth so that the soybeans go in your mouth and just a taste of the salt gets to your tongue.
Edamame were part of my "10 easy pick-ups at H Mart," and they're available as appetizers at Japanese places like Sushi King. If you're inspired by edamame, you should look all around the H Mart -- my favorite place for food.
H Mart800 N. Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
NEAR: Rte 40 just west of I-695. If you are driving from HoCo, you'll see a Starbucks and a FedEx at the end of the shopping center. Turn right immediately after the Starbucks. If you miss it, just turn right at the next intersection.