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GREEN BEANS / STRING BEANS / WAX BEANS - FRESH, RAW

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3-5 days
Freezer
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12-18 months

Tips

  • How long do raw green beans last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep green beans refrigerated.
  • To maximize the shelf life of green beans, refrigerate in plastic bag and do not wash until ready to use.
  • How long do raw green beans last in the fridge? Properly stored, raw green beans will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze green beans? Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash thoroughly and remove ends; (2) Leave green beans whole, or cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces; (3) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) for three minutes and chill quickly in ice cold water; (4) Drain off excess moisture, package in airtight containers or freezer bags and freeze immediately.
  • How long do green beans last in the freezer? Properly stored, green beans will maintain best quality in the freezer for about 12 to 18 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only – green beans that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if green beans are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the green beans: discard any green beans that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the green beans.

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