How long are dried (but not dried any longer) beans okay? - VeggieBoards
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#1 Old 02-01-2004, 10:14 PM
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If I soak and cook a bunch of dried beans, like kidney or black beans, and then store 'em in my fridge, how long are they still good?

Soaking and cooking beans is a pain in the tuckus, I think, and I'd like to do a bunch at once so I can mix up stuff like burritos and chili all week long. But I'm not sure how long they stay fresh once they've been cooked...
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#2 Old 02-01-2004, 10:39 PM
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after 3 days or so, the quality dramatically declines... by the time you hit a week, they're usually rancid

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#3 Old 02-01-2004, 10:40 PM
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Why not just buy canned beans, less hassle and they last longer.
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#4 Old 02-02-2004, 11:39 AM
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I just read this article about canned foods having some type of chemical in them from the lining of the can.... It was in Prevention magazine, I think. Plus, they're full of sodium. I rinse them, but they still taste processed to me.
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#5 Old 02-02-2004, 11:56 AM
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i buy canned beans because i'm just that lazy... but one day i will do the soaking thing. i rinse them, hoping that a lot of the salt will come off.
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#6 Old 02-02-2004, 01:36 PM
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i cook up a bunch of dried beans in my crockpot and then freeze them in smaller containers--this way i can take out only what i can use before they go bad.
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I like to freeze beans after they've been soaked, but before they're cooked. That way I don't have to remember the day before I make a bean dish that I need to soak the beans, I can just pull them out of the freezer and pop them in the pressure cooker. If you're cooking a lot of dried beans, you should consider investing in a pressure cooker. It makes cooking beans much easier and faster.
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