Buy dried from health food stores or stores with a reliable high turnover of produce. Can also be bought pre-cooked in cans.
Store in an airtight container in the pantry. They will store for years but the longer you keep them the tougher they get and their flavour is diminished. Legumes stored in more humid conditions should be used sooner.
Refrigerated cooked legumes can be stored in plastic or glass containers and used within four or five days.
Tips & Tricks:
Cooked legumes can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.
To freeze cooked legumes, put them in airtight, moisture-proof containers and use them within six months.
To thaw place the container of frozen legumes in the refrigerator the day before they are needed.
Soak dried beans overnight . Drain and add 3 cups of fresh water to one cup of beans. Bring to the boil and simmer for approx an hour or until tender. Add sea salt to the water in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Mash cannellini beans with roast garlic, olive oil and seasoning to replace mashed potato. A delicious high fibre, low GI alternative.