How Long Do Green Beans Last?

How long do green beans last? Fresh and cooked green beans will last for 5-7 days in the refrigerator. The shelf life of green beans, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by date, use by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date in most cases. Besides being full of fiber and many nutrients...

There are well over 100 different types of green beans, there are differences in the way they grow (pole or bush) and believe it or not green beans even come in yellow and purple colors. Yellow ones are also called wax beans and are a bit sweeter, purple ones are a bit tougher and actually turn green when cooked. Choose green beans that are slender and firm with an emerald green color without any brown spots (if choosing green green beans). Make sure there are no visible seeds showing since those will be tougher, more mature beans. Green beans can be eaten raw or cooked, just break off the top stem and the rest is all edible.

So, how long do green beans last? When properly stored, the shelf life is approximately...

Green Beans Expiration Date

Fresh Green Beans last for 5-7 Days
Cooked Green Beans last for 5-7 Days

Of course, green beans last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly.

How to tell if Green Beans are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.

The best way to tell if your green beans are going bad is that they will become limp and dry. A fresh green bean will snap apart when bent and produce the appropriate sound while snapping apart. Older pods will be tough and rubbery, just bending when bent.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Green Beans to extend their shelf life?

It is best to store green beans whole and unwashed in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container in the fridge vegetable drawer. If the beans become damp, they can quickly grow mold.

For a longer term option, green beans may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be cooked or blanched first and placed in freezer safe containers.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long are Green Beans good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do green beans last? That depends. How long do onions last? In general, it lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe.

What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Green Beans 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 Green Beans.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Green Beans 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!