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Best ways to store and use Beans (dried or canned)

What is the best storage for beans? Can you freeze beans? How long do beans last in the fridge? We have answers to all of these food-saving questions and storage tips:

Best Storage

The cupboard is the best place to store beans.

Canned or dried beans can last up to one year when stored in a dark and dry pantry or cupboard.

Store dried beans in an airtight container. Before using, check the date on canned beans and ensure that the can is not dented.

Once cooked, beans can be kept covered in the fridge for four to six days.

Ensure your fridge is set between 0 and 4°C.

Can I Freeze It?


Beans should be frozen in an airtight container. Dry beans that have been cooked can be frozen for up to six months, while canned beans that have been cooked can be frozen for one to two months.

Fresher For Longer

Choose beans that are smooth and shiny.  Beans that are broken, cracked or shrivelled are old and may not cook properly.

Use It Up

Two cups (500 mL) of dried beans will make approximately four to six cups (1L-1.5L) of cooked beans.

Did You Know?

Canada is one of the world’s top exporters of beans, with Ontario producing 15 different varieties of dry beans.

Health Canada recommends beans as part of a healthy diet. They are low in fat and rich in fibre, protein, vitamins, folate, potassium and iron. Just ¾ cup of cooked or canned beans (the size of a tennis ball) equates to one serving.