Red kidney beans are just one part of the kidney bean family. Kidney beans are considered high in fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. They can also help regulate blood sugar after a meal and are considered a fat-free protein. In terms of the lifespan of the red kidney bean, most of the information is universal for the kidney bean family.
If you pick your own red kidney beans, or you buy them fresh at your local market, there’s good news. They can keep for up to 12 months. But you have to store them properly. Whfoods.com recommends that to keep dried red kidney beans edible, they should be stored in an airtight container at a location in the kitchen or pantry that is cool, dark and dry.
Once you’ve cooked your red kidney beans, the freshness of those beans goes downhill fast. You should store the leftovers in a plastic container, with a lid, as soon after cooking them as possible. In doing so, you can keep the red kidney beans fresh enough to eat for up to three days afterward.
Canned red kidney beans are almost as nutritious as their fresh counterparts, making this purchase an attractive option. By buying a canned version, you’re buying a product that will have some longevity in the pantry. In this case, the longevity of the red kidney bean is completely dependent on the “purchase by” date on the can, and that can vary from brand to brand.
If you buy your beans in bulk, there are things to watch out for that will improve the bean’s longevity in your pantry. First, make sure the market is storing them properly. If they’re dried red kidney beans, the market should be storing them in prepackaged containers or bulk bins that are also covered. You should also check the packages and storage area for moisture or insect damage. Also, an abundance of beans with cracks is a sign of declining freshness.
To make sure that you get the most out of your fresh red kidney beans, clean them before cooking them. Spread out the beans and remove any debris or damaged beans from the container. Then place the beans in a strainer and run cold water over them. The strainer drains dirt and other debris away from the beans.