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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Charred beans pair with a mustard-mayonnaise dipping sauce for a fireside appetizer that couldn’t be easier.
What to buy: Any bean with an edible shell, such as romano or yellow wax beans, will substitute beautifully in this recipe.
Cajun seasoning can be found in most grocery stores, or you can make your own.
Special equipment: A grilling basket makes grilling green beans a whole lot more manageable. Read more about grilling.
Game plan: Make the dipping sauce the day before you go camping and bring it along. You might want to wash the green beans the day before too, though there’s no need to remove the stems.
This recipe can also be made indoors. Heat the broiler and place the beans on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Place under the broiler, occasionally turning the baking sheet, until the beans are blistered and charred, about 5 minutes. And, of course, you can just use regular salt and freshly ground black pepper in place of the chef’s mix listed in the ingredients.
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