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Old 04-10-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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Split Peas

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How long can split peas be stored? I have an airtight glass container that has had these green split peas in it for ages and ages...so long, that I can't even remember when I put them into this container....sooooo, should I just toss them, and go to the store and buy others?....thanks in advance for your replies.

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Old 04-10-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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I've kept them for longer than a year without any problems so long as they were in an air tight canister or the original bag. Most dried beans have a very long shelf life if properly stored.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:59 PM   #3
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I would toss them and buy new.
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:16 PM   #4
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According to the U.S.A Emergency Food Group: Sealed in the absence of oxygen, plan on a storage life of 8-10 years for beans and grains kept at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F.

According to the Utah University Extension: ...with the oxygen removed, beans and peas have a shelf life of 10 or more years. A B.Y.U. study indicated that pinto beans did experience a slight loss of quality during storage. However, samples that had been stored up to 30 years had greater than 80% acceptance.

However, vitamin degradation occurs after 2-3 years and most vitamins are no longer present after approximately 5 years.

As far as "going bad", beans and peas, when properly stored, are exempt... they don't.
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It's the stable temprature part that is sticky...especially around here with no AC.
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Old 04-11-2011, 12:27 PM   #6
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Interesting information Selkie.

If it were me, I'd throw them out Ella. Split peas are very inexpensive, and the one time I cooked questionable "too old" peas, and they never became tender, was enough for me. The waste of all the goodies I put in them went down the drain too.
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