How Long Do Beans & Peas Last?

Beans and peas are the mature forms of legumes. This category includes kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, lima beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), split peas, lentils and many other types of beans, peas and tofu. (For those wondering why tofu is stuck into this category, it's actually soy beans.) These items are available in dried, canned, fresh and frozen forms. These foods are excellent sources of plant protein, and also provide other nutrients such as iron and zinc. They are similar to meats, poultry, and fish in their contribution of these nutrients - yet they are not animals.

Therefore, these foods are considered part of the Protein Foods Group. However, they are also considered part of the Vegetable Group because they are excellent sources of dietary fiber and nutrients such as folate and potassium. These nutrients, which are often way too low in the diet of many Americans, are also found in other vegetables.

Most people consider beans and peas as vegetarian alternatives for meat. No matter the reason for eating this protein, you still want it to be stored safely and kept ready to eat for as long as possible. Check out our charts available from this menu for help with beans, peas and tofu.

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To find out how long foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below.

What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Beans & Peas lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Beans & Peas.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Beans & Peas shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!