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Apr 4, 2011 04:33 PM
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Advice on storing canned beans after opening

Is it better to store them in the liquid from the can, or in fresh water, or in no liquid at all? I'm speaking of opening a can of beans and transferring them to a lidded container and then refrigerating. I anticipate using them up a little at a time over the course of about a week. (Cannellini at the moment, but I'm assuming the same will apply to all canned beans) Refrigeration is necessary, right? The beans from the can I opened last Thursday have been stored in the original liquid in the refrigerator. Yesterday and today when I opened the container to scoop out some, I noticed a strong "beany" smell. Not bad, really, just concentrated. And how long should they last in the fridge?

Thanks for any and all advice.

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  1. I drain them when I open them and just put them in a container in the frig. I'm reluctant to add tap water, even when it's filtered, because there are all sorts of things in there too. I'd use within about 3 days, but then that's my rule for all "leftovers."