My grocery order this week included five bags of the dry beans. I brought the box of beans from my pantry out to the kitchen table with the intent of repackaging part of them and using some of the older ones to can up as pork and beans.
To my horror I found the original six bags crawling with little black bugs. And so was the box they were in. I double wrapped the whole shebang in trash bags, sealing the tops with tape. Now they can live in the dumpster and not in my pantry.
So I learned that dry beans should be removed from the original plastic bags to be repackaged, the same as I do with anything I want to store that comes in cardboard packaging. I know that bugs like to hide in cardboard. I didn't know they also like plastic bags full of dry beans.
I opened the five bags I just bought, sorted them to remove any bad beans, put them into freezer bags and stacked them in the freezer where they will stay for a few days, just to make sure nothing is crawling around in them.
We are never too old to learn. I am glad all that lesson cost me was a few bags of beans.