Food Storage - How long can you keep...

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

Refrigerator
Blue Arrow
Blue Arrow
3-5 days
Freezer
Blue Arrow
Blue Arrow
6 months (best quality)

 

Tips

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

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here

Today's Tips