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How long do fermented black beans keep?

blkery Dec 11, 2009 11:56 AM

I have a vaccum sealed pack of fermented black beans that I was about to use for a stirfry today until I realized that I had bought them two years ago (not sure how long they were on the shelf before that). I assume it's probably safe to eat them, but how long do these things really last?

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    limebasil Dec 30, 2009 07:57 PM

    FOREVER, until you use them up, then there is a replacement problem. But if you have the, they are yours until you exhaust them.

    1. lschow Dec 11, 2009 07:49 PM

      haha "they will outlast you" - so true! i have no idea how long i've had my bag. i only break them out when making spare ribs with black bean sauce around chinese new year.

      btw, i keep mine in the freezer for extra safe keeping.

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      1. re: lschow
        scubadoo97 Dec 12, 2009 07:52 AM

        Even though they may not spoil they make pick up off flavors from the pantry

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          fourunder Dec 12, 2009 08:42 AM

          Whenever I find a nice glass jar from a previous purchase.....like a jelly jar or my new current favorite, small 10 oz. Polar Fruit Jars. I save them for future storage of items just like fermented black beans. A tight closing lid handles any odors from gaining or omitting in or out. Solves the problem very easily......

          http://www.bizrate.com/polar-mixed-fr...

      2. ipsedixit Dec 11, 2009 07:35 PM

        It will probably outlast you.

        1. scubadoo97 Dec 11, 2009 12:35 PM

          for ever. They are already fermented. No really, they are so salty there is little that will grow on them.

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          1. re: scubadoo97
            bushwickgirl Dec 11, 2009 04:38 PM

            What they said, I also have a vacuum sealed pack, 1.5 years old, with no signs of deteriation.
            "but my guess is they will outlast you"-that sums it up.

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            fourunder Dec 11, 2009 12:13 PM

            I would say until you see signs of visual mold......but my guess is they will outlast you. I would have no problem using them.

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