Cooked beans can easily be placed into pre-portioned freezer bags for easy storage. Be sure to date the plastic bags with a permanent marker and consume within six months.
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Remove your frozen bags from the freezer and place directly in a saucepan with warm water. You can also run the bag under warm water in the sink. Toss some of the frozen beans into soups and stews, as they will immediately defrost due to the dish's high temperatures.
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Dried beans come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes, though their storage methods stay consistent across the board. Beans should be transferred to a food-safe container with a sealing lid. If beans are left in their original packaging, they'll dry out faster. Place the container in a cool, dry place that is away from any sunlight. You'll want to cook them within a year for ultimate freshness, though some beans have known to last for years.
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Unlike its slow-cooking, meaty brethren, this chili recipe is easy, fast, and vegetarian. It makes for a hearty weeknight dinner. Freeze leftovers in small containers for a ready-to-eat meal.
To see this recipe with illustrated steps, check out The Basics: How to Make Veggie Chili.
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