- Store in cool, dry area.
- After opening, store the dried beans in an airtight container or place original package in a resealable plastic bag.
- Storage time shown is for best quality only — after that, the beans' texture, color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly.
- If beans develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, they should be discarded.
- “Best By,” “Best if Used By,” and “Use By” dates on commercially packaged foods sold in the United States represent the manufacturer's estimate of how long the product will remain at peak quality — in most cases, the beans will still be safe to consume after that date, as long they have been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
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