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Old 09-16-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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Bean storage - how long?

I have some dried beans in bags I bought from a local grocer that's been in there for a least a year - at least. Are they safe to soak and cook? How long do dried beans store for? Chickpeas, lentil, blackeye, etc...

I did soak and cook and eat the chickpeas and I'm fine, so I am guessing beans can keep for awhile.



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Old 09-16-2008, 10:36 AM   #2
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I'm not aware of a safety issue. If beans get old enough, they will not soften when cooked and will remain unpleasantly hard.

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Old 09-16-2008, 10:44 AM   #3
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Dried beans keep indefinitely. Beans have been found in Anasazi ruins that were still viable.
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