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Old 09-10-2014, 12:37 PM   #1
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Can I re-dehydrate 1 year old dehydrated beans?

I made a faux paux in not putting my dehydrated beans from last year in an air tight moisture proof container instead I put them in a jar with lid. I looked at them and noticed that many had turned brown and were no longer green. I opened it up and it had a weird smell. Not a moldy smell but a very distinctive smell like they had retained moisture with a bean smell. I am in the process of rehydrating some to taste them to see if they are still good tasting. If they are, can I re-dehydrate them again and then put them in a new airtight container?

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Old 09-10-2014, 12:44 PM   #2
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Can I re-dehydrate 1 year old dehydrated beans?

I would pitch them. Weird smell and color change suggest they're no longer properly stored or edible.

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Old 09-10-2014, 02:11 PM   #3
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I made a faux paux in not putting my dehydrated beans from last year in an air tight moisture proof container instead I put them in a jar with lid. I looked at them and noticed that many had turned brown and were no longer green. I opened it up and it had a weird smell. Not a moldy smell but a very distinctive smell like they had retained moisture with a bean smell. I am in the process of rehydrating some to taste them to see if they are still good tasting. If they are, can I re-dehydrate them again and then put them in a new airtight container?
Take Dawgluver's advice and throw them away. They are not fit to eat and could make you very ill.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:32 PM   #4
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Toss them - especially if there is an off smell. Beans are cheap.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #5
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Toss them Don't take a chance.
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"re-dehydrate" is not the problem. They smell and that is the sure sign that they should go into garbage, and not into cooking.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:41 PM   #7
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Yet another........"when in doubt, toss it out".
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Don't taste them, either. Bacterial waste can include toxins that you can't taste or smell and can't be destroyed by cooking. Throw them away.
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Don't taste them, either. Bacterial waste can include toxins that you can't taste or smell and can't be destroyed by cooking. Throw them away.
I was thinking the same thing GG.

"Gee, I'm not so sure if it's bad, so I'll taste it and see".
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:09 PM   #10
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Dried beans can last a long time so using them after a year is no problem.

But beans that are off colored and with an off smell aren't worth it.

I don't see a health risk but taste and nutrition will have suffered.

As Steve said Beans are cheap.

But rather then toss them put them out for the birds and other critters to enjoy. If you can crack them into smaller pieces (A blender would work) so the smaller birds can enjoy them too. Perhaps even soak them and make a mash for our little pals in nature.
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