How Do I Store Dry Beans?

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  1. uncleotis

    uncleotis Well-Known Member

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    Can someone tell me what is the best way to store dry beans during the summer to prevent those little worms or whatever they are from destroying them?

    Thanks.
     
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    Callieslamb Well-Known Member

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    Either with what is called an O2 packet in an airtight container (or mylar bag) or freeze them to keep the worm eggs.
     

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    fishhead Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You might try searching for AT Hagens posts and look at his food preservation website.
     
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    uncleotis Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. I had wondered about freezing them but was unsure and didn't want to take the chance of ruining them without knowing for sure.
     
  5. uncleotis

    uncleotis Well-Known Member

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    How do I go about doing that? I tried using the 'Search' at the top of the page and typed in AT Hagens but I didn't find any posts about his food preservation web site.
     
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    fishhead Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I couldn't find him either so I did a search on dehydrating and skimmed the posts.

    Here's the site.

    http://athagan.members.atlantic.net/Index.html
     
  7. uncleotis

    uncleotis Well-Known Member

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    Thank you fishhead for the very informative link.
     
  8. Jenn

    Jenn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    freeze a week or so then store airtight container- baby formula can or coffee can work fine
     
  9. nomifyle

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    I pack mine in new paint cans. I use two gallon baggies as a paint can, fill up with beans, toss in a couple of 02 absorbers, twist tie. Bang the lid down with a rubber mallet. The lack of oxygen kills any beasties. I've put them in the freezer for a couple of days before, but when you are packaging up a couple hundred pounds, putting them is the freezer is inconvenient. I put up rice and grains the same way.

    Judy
     
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    I use buckets with Gamma Lids.
     
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    If you just are storing them for a short time, not long-term, then you can use canning jars. You can put a little oxy absorber into each jar then a lid and ring, the absorber will draw out the oxygen and seal down the lid. New bugs can't get in to lay eggs, and any in the jar will die from suffocation.

    Or you can put the lids on, then freeze the filled jars in a chest freezer for a week to kill any critters.

    Or, you can put the jars in a 5 gallon bucket, add a little chunk of dry ice on the top of each filled jar and set the bucket lid on top of the bucket while the ice evaporates. DO NOT seal the jars or the bucket, just set the lid on top so there is room for any excess gas to expand and leave the bucket.

    The CO2 is heavier than oxygen and will displace the air in the bucket. As soon as the dry ice has evaporated, carefully reach into the bucket and put a lid on each jar. Then you can take them out.

    I use 1/2 gallon jars because they hold a good amount. You can use just the bucket but you run a chance of reinfestation when you open it because it takes a heck of a long time to use a 5 gallon bucket full of dried beans.
     
  12. uncleotis

    uncleotis Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all for the wonderful help with storing my dried beans...guess where I'm headed off to?:grin:
     
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    I store mine in 1 gallon glass pickle jars or gallon plastic wide mouth jugs saved from winter stew I buy at the local barbecue stand. I have used 10 year old beans stored that way.
     
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    radiofish Semper Fidelis

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    Are you buying beans in the small plastic 1 or 2 pound bags?
    Or are you purchasing beans in the larger 25 pound or larger bulk bags?

    I have packed beans in the 1 or 2 pound individual bags (pinto, black, red, kidney, navy, etc..) inside several layers of one gallon heavy duty ziploc bags, those are placed inside a 2 gallon or larger sized ziploc bags. Then those large bags are placed inside large rubbermaid plastic totes. I also store my rice and other dry goods in the same way. In fact I have 4 large rubbermaid totes of dry goods, stacked along the wall in my living room. Plus I have some additional dry goods (flour, corn meal, dry milk, etc..) stored in ziploc bags in plastic buckets with gamma seal lids, that are stacked in my kitchen.

    When I made some pinto beans last week, I used some that were at least 4 years old with no problems when they were pre-soaked and slow cooked.

    I have never freezed beans before packing them, but I do freeze bags of flour before it goes into long term storage.
     
  15. uncleotis

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    radiofish I'm buying beans in the 2lb plastic bags. I've got plenty of zip lock bags and a couple empty totes also. That is how I store my oatmeal and popcorn but wasn't sure about beans.

    Shrek I've also got a couple gallon pickle jars I'll store some beans this way also.

    A couple of you have mentioned 'gamma lids', what are they? I've never heard that before.

    Thanks again all of you. I'm wanting to buy more beans now and have in storage.
     
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  17. uncleotis

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    Thanks Ohio Dreamer...Pam
     
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    We grow our beans to dry. After they are good and dry in the pods I shell them and put them in a glass jar with a screw on lid and lined with a brown paper lunch bag. I use the paper bag as a percaution incase even a little moisture were to get into the jar.l have also kept beans in dry pods over the winter until I had time to shell them. Dried beans, peas, lentils all will keep for years if stored properly.
     
  19. Sarabeth

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    Where do you get the paint cans? Does anyone else do this? After you pry open the lid, is it still good to use again?
     
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    You can get them at the paint store or lumber store-type places. You can call around your local area.