How to Store Black Beans in the Refrigerator

Savory, with a slightly sweet flavor, black beans are a common addition to some Latin and Caribbean dishes. In a dry state, the beans do not need refrigeration and will last for up to two years in a sealed container in the pantry, but cooked black beans or an open can of black beans require special handling before refrigerating them. You cannot just leave them in the can or cooking pot. Correctly storing black beans will ensure their freshness and keep them from absorbing metallic flavors from using the wrong container.

Enjoy black beans quickly after cooking them; they will not stay fresh long in the refrigerator.
  1. Cool cooked black beans to room temperature.

  2. Transfer the beans from the cooking pot or can to an air-tight plastic or glass container.

  3. Seal the container and refrigerate for up to four days.