How long can refried beans last in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can refried beans last in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of refried beans. Moreover, we are going to discuss the different ways to spot spoiled refried beans.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can refried beans last in the fridge?

Open canned refried beans last for about 3-4 days if stored at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge. It should be stored in air-tight containers or plastic zipper bags on one of the shelves of the refrigerator.

On the other hand, when it comes to homemade refried beans, they last for about 4-5 days when stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of refried beans.

Are refried beans safe to use after the best-before date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the can of refried beans refers to the quality rather than safety so the refried beans don’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. 

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of refried beans but you can still use refried beans that are past this date as long as they were stored properly, there is no leakage in the can and no signs of spoilage are present.

What is the optimum temperature to store refried beans?

You should always store your refried beans at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store your refried beans at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness for a long time.

How long do refried beans keep at room temperature?

Open canned refried beans or refried beans leftovers last for about 2 hours when kept at room temperature. 

You should discard the refried beans that have been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the refried beans being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard refried beans that are left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long are refried beans good for in the freezer?

Refried beans, if kept in an air-tight container or air-tight plastic freezer bag, can last for about 1-2 months in the freezer. 

Thus keeping the refried beans in the freezer will increase their shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on the refried beans.

How long do refried beans last after being frozen and thawed?

Frozen refried beans if thawed in the refrigerator can stay there for 3-4 days before reheating and consuming them. 

But if you thaw your refried beans in a bowl of cold water or the microwave, it is advised to use them immediately after heating them till their internal temperature rises to 165 °F.

Can I refrigerate the reheated refried beans?

So once you have reheated the refried beans, you should never refrigerate them. As when you reheat the refried beans, their temperature rises more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and we know that bacteria grows at a faster rate between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So the bacteria will find their way to your refried beans and you should never refrigerate the reheated refried beans.

You can read how to make refried beans here.

Different ways to spot spoiled beans

There are a couple of indicators that point out spoiled beans. You should consider the appearance, texture, and smell of the refried beans to reach a  final verdict on whether or not they have gone bad.

Appearance

If you spot a mold or other organic growth on your refried beans then it means that your refried beans have gone bad and the best thing you can do in this scenario is to get rid of them.

It is worth mentioning that you should refrain from smelling beans that have molds on them as molds can produce mycotoxins that if they enter your body even via inhalation can disrupt your gut microflora thereby weakening your immune system.

Moreover, if you see white liquid surrounding the beans then it means that they have gone bad. 

Texture 

If you feel something slimy or gooey while touching the refried beans then it means that your refried beans have gone bad and it is better to discard them. 

Smell 

If you smell something sour while taking a sniff test of your refried beans then it means that your refried beans have gone bad.

Condition of can

In the case of canned refried beans, if you spot some dent or leakage in the can or if the unopened can have a bulging lid or bulging body, it is better to discard it.

If microbes somehow found their way to your beans and have spoiled it then the best thing you should do is to discard them.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can refried beans last in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of refried beans. Moreover, we discussed the different ways to spot spoiled refried beans.

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18168
https://findanyanswer.com/how-long-do-canned-refried-beans-last-in-fridge

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.