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    Question Shelf-life of dried beans?

    Hi all,

    While digging through my pantry, I found a 1lb. bag of dried Great Northern (white) beans. The use-by date is sometime in 2001. Do dry beans go bad ("When good beans go bad! Film at 11!" ), or do they have a long shelf-life?

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    As far as I know, they can "live' forever...well, a very long time. THe older they get, the longer they need to cook to get soft.
    Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'

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    I've never considered dried beans as someting with a shelf life as long as they stay dry and pest free.

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    Cooks Illustrated found that if they are too old, they'll never soften up, even after hours of cooking. I wouldn't want to waste the time or ruin the recipe finding out if my beans were too old. It's safer to replace them after a year.

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    I agree: replace after a year. Not only do older beans take longer to soften -- or may never soften -- but they develop a kind of "musty" taste.

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    Happy Birthday to our FABULOUS Bean Queen
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    Originally posted by kwormann
    Happy Birthday to our FABULOUS Bean Queen
    Aw shucks, Kim, golly gee thanks!

    Cheers, Phoebe

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    Originally posted by Ohioan
    I agree: replace after a year. Not only do older beans take longer to soften -- or may never soften -- but they develop a kind of "musty" taste.
    Thanks for the advice, everybody. They're cheap, so I'll toss them and get a new bag -- and maybe this time remember to use them!

    (And happy birthday, Phoebe. )
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    I've kept beans for at least 2 or so years, and they've turned out fine. If you're ready to toss them, why not cook them up and see if they get soft for you, then you can freeze them if you're not ready to use them. If they turn out to be yucky, you can toss them then.

    Put them in the crockpot, rinsed, and fill with water till several inches above the beans, then set on low overnight....
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    As a bean farmer's daughter, I'd think they'd be fine!

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