How long can dried black eyed peas stay in the pantry? The package, sealed up, was opened in January. Are they still good??
While within six months is best, dried legumes can stay okay for up to a year. So, yes, they are still good, not as good as they would have been if you eat them a few months ago, but edible nonetheless.
And they may take a bit longer to cook.
We found a bag of Rancho Gordo's beans in the back of our pantry. It was at least 3-5 years old. I know that common wisdom would have said to toss them. I figured, why not cook them and see what happens. I soaked them overnight, put them in a clay bean pot with fresh water, and put the pot on the stove to come to a boil. While I was waiting, I cooked a chopped onion with some garlic and added that to the pot. When the water came to a boil, I covered the pot and put it in the oven (I think it might have been 325 degrees.) I checked the beans after 1 hour and then again after 30 more minutes. They may have been the best beans I have ever made. I then created a stewy-soup-like dish with carrots, onions, roasted garlic, the bean liquid, spicy calabrese sausage, thyme, spinach (at the end) and ??? not sure if I threw in anything else. SO... give them a try. Ya never know.
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