Canadian beans are all over your grocer’s shelves and storing them is easy! Make sure you always have dried or canned beans on hand by following this simple storage guide.
Unopened canned beans store well in a cool, dry place for up to one year, or until the best before date on the can.
Store dry beans in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place. It is best to use dry beans within one year of purchase.
Have extra canned or cooked beans on hand? Cool and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Cool cooked beans and pat dry to remove excess moisture before freezing. Measure 1-2 cups of beans and place in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months.
The longer dry beans are stored, the drier they become. This means they take longer to cook and may remain slightly chewy after cooking. It is best to use dry beans within one year of purchase.
If exposed to light, dry beans tend to lose their colour, but flavour, nutrition and texture will stay the same as long as they are tightly sealed.
When adding frozen beans to recipes such as soups, stews and chilis the trick is to add them at the simmer stage to avoid splitting.
Cooked beans may be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months in airtight containers or freezer bags. When ready to use, place beans in sealed bag in warm water to thaw quickly.