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Nov 16, 2009 07:00 PM

I froze my (uncooked) split peas... Is that bad?

I keep my legumes them in a dark, out-of-the-way pantry cupboard, but I keep rice in the freezer. I must have been distracted after I made split pea soup the other day, because tonight I discovered the unused portion of the dried split peas in the freezer.

Have I ruined them?

If not, is it better now to keep them in the freezer, rather than moving them back to the pantry?

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  1. I keep my rice and all my dry beans in the freezer because of grain moths. Dry beans will last forever in the freezer.

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      Totally. I keep my flour, rice, beans, cocoa, orzo, cornstarch, couscous, and nuts in the freezer.

      I think if you aren't going to use them anytime soon, the freezer keeps them pest free and fresher.

      1. re: hbgrrl

        I do also keep nuts in the freezer, and quinoa, hbgrrl, but interesting to see some of the other items on your list. Some of those items I want to have on hand, but I don't use them often at all, so if the freezer will extend their shelf life, that's good information to know. TY.

    2. Thank you both so much. Not that I suppose it would have broken the bank if I'd had to discard those 55 cents' worth of split peas, is food, and people are hungry, so I hate on principle to waste or ruin even the least expensive or smallest bit of food, if that can be avoided. I feel better now and will consider putting my beans in the freezer intentionally, rather than accidentally, from hereon in. :-)