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The best way to select and store garbanzo beans

When purchasing canned garbanzo beans, it is preferable to choose those that feature organically grown beans and do not contain extra salt or additives; dried beans should also be organically grown whenever possible.

As with other foods purchased in the bulk section of the market, make sure that the bins containing dried garbanzo beans are covered and that the store has a good product turnover to ensure their maximal freshness. Whether purchasing garbanzo beans in bulk or in packaged containers, it is important that no evidence of moisture or insect damage is present and that they are whole and not cracked.

Store dried garbanzo beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place where they will keep up to 12 months. If you purchase garbanzo beans at different times, store and cook them separately as legumes increase in dryness the longer they are stored, resulting in differences in required cooking time.

Unused portions of cooked or canned garbanzo beans will keep fresh in the refrigerator for about 3 days if placed in a covered container.