Shelf Life Tips
- How long do unopened canned black beans last? The precise answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - to maximize the shelf life of canned black beans, store in a cool, dry area.
How long does an unopened can of black beans last at room temperature? Properly stored, an unopened can of black beans will generally stay at best quality for about 3 to 5 years, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Are unopened canned black beans safe to use after the "expiration" date on the can or package? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the can is undamaged - commercially packaged canned black beans will typically carry a "Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the canned black beans will remain at peak quality.
Storage time shown is for best quality only - after that, the canned black beans' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly, the can is undamaged, and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if canned black beans are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the canned black beans: if the canned black beans develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.
Discard all canned black beans from cans or packages that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
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