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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Legumes topped with caramelized onions are a popular combination at the Greek table. This dish has two components: a black-eyed pea salad with flavors of dill and fennel, and mixed greens tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The beans can be served over the greens either warm or at room temperature.
Game plan: The black-eyed pea mixture can be prepared up to 3 hours ahead. Complete the recipe through step 3 and refrigerate the finished bean mixture. Thirty minutes before serving, set the beans out to come to room temperature. Serve over the dressed greens.
This recipe was featured as part of our Greek Easter Celebration menu.