Black beans, pinto beans, cannellini beans—no matter what your go-to legume is, the humble bean is a winning ingredient to any number of healthy dinners. But how long do beans last in the fridge once cooked? Here’s what you need to know plus a few helpful tricks to extend their shelf life.
How Long Do Beans Last in the Fridge?
Your cooked beans last about 3 to 5 days in the fridge.
To store them, let the beans cool down after cooking, then pop them in the refrigerator within an hour. Getting them stored quickly and chilled in the fridge will help prevent the growth of bacteria.
How to Make Your Cooked Beans Last
If you want beans to keep, store them in an airtight container. A trusty air-tight container will keep your cooked beans fresh longer compared to wrapping a bowl with plastic wrap or covering it in foil.
Freezing is another excellent way to make your cooked beans last. It’s one of the reasons they’re such a great option for healthy meal prep dishes. Divvy them up between a couple of containers for dinner-sized portions you can reheat at your leisure. Beans will last about a month in the freezer, so make life easier on yourself and jot down the date you froze them. When you’re ready to eat, just let the beans defrost in the fridge overnight and cook them on the stovetop until heated through.
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