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Tips on saving canned beans?

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fauchon Jun 27, 2006 01:28 PM

I like tuna and bean salad for lunch but never use a whole can of cannelinis. I have trouble keeping the left-over beans for more than a day or (maybe) two. They turn and reek & the smell permeates the fridge. I rinse them & put them in one of those Tupperware type containers. Should I put them in the freezer? Should I not rinse them? What am I doing wrong? Or are left-over beans unsaveable? I'd love help & input on this annoying situation!

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    Nyleve RE: fauchon Jun 27, 2006 02:19 PM

    Divide a can into amounts that you will use at one time and freeze them separately. Make sure you include the liquid from the can - the beans will freeze perfectly.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: fauchon Jun 27, 2006 05:42 PM

      Maybe your fridge isn't cold enough? Leftover bean dishes (including tuna-cannellini salad) keep for a week in mine.

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        JaneRI RE: fauchon Jun 27, 2006 07:41 PM

        I'd wonder about the fridge temp as well, beans last a week in my fridge as well, and even when I've kept them longer, I only tossed them because I "had to", not because they smelled.

        1. Will Owen RE: fauchon Jun 27, 2006 07:51 PM

          My experience exactly. I frequently make a salad with canned beans, olive oil and lemon/vinegar plus whatever else I want, and I just finished some that I'd made two weeks ago. A little "pickled" from sitting in the dressing all that time, but not at all decomposed.

          I *DO* rinse them before I use them for any cold preparation. If you don't, I'd suspect the liquid of being what's going rotten on you.

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            JaneRI RE: fauchon Jun 28, 2006 01:08 PM

            Oh, good point! Maybe it's the canning liquid? Yes, I always rinse all of that of.

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              2chez mike RE: fauchon Jun 28, 2006 09:33 PM

              Canned beans, rinsed or not, should keep for several days if your fridge is cold enough.

              1. DonShirer RE: fauchon Jun 28, 2006 11:45 PM

                I put a plastic sandwich bag over the can and mush it down until it is level with the can contents before putting in the fridge. Keeps the odors out and the food fresh for a week. Works with many canned products besides beans.

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                  fara RE: fauchon Jun 29, 2006 12:52 AM

                  put a little olive oil in with the rinsed beans. they'll be fine.

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                    Will Owen RE: fara Jun 29, 2006 09:22 PM

                    ...and you will also discover that the marriage of beans and olive oil is a *VERY* good thing!

                  2. val ann c RE: fauchon Jun 30, 2006 01:54 AM

                    Are you buying unsalted or low sodium beans? Legumes without salt spoil quickly. Sometimes I sprinkle salt on just the top of the beans before I cover and store.
                    If you don't want salt, you can add a bit of vinegar.

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