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BLACK BEANS, DRIED, COMMERCIALLY BAGGED OR PURCHASED IN BULK — COOKED AT HOME

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3-5 days
Freezer
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6 months (best quality)

Tips

  • How long do cooked black beans last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate black beans within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked black beans for safety and quality, refrigerate the black beans in shallow airtight containers or resealable plastic bags.
  • How long do cooked black beans last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, cooked black beans will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long can cooked black beans be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked black beans should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked black beans, freeze them; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do cooked black beans last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cooked black beans that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do cooked black beans last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked black beans that have been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; black beans that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How to tell if cooked black beans are bad? If cooked black beans develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded; do not taste first.

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