Beans (Dried and Fresh) Month on February, 2023: how long can i keep (ground) coffee beans fresh?
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If you are like most people you probably get your coffee beans and think “How do I store these wonderful beans?” The best way to go is “airtight and cool”. Preserving the freshness of your coffee can be difficult. The freshness gets depleted very fast when it is subjected to excessive air, moisture, heat and light. So, you need to get your precious beans in airtight glass or ceramic containers. Once you have your coffee in the right container, put it in a cool, dark place. Remember, any place near the oven or a window will get quite warm, so try to avoid putting the container there.
When you buy your coffee beans or ground coffee consider how fast you will use it, where you are going to store it.d. What should you put the beans in? Where should you put them? How long can I store them? Is storing ground coffee different from storing beans?
According to a wonderful article at the National Coffee Association of U.S.A. (NCAUSA), Inc the best way to go is “airtight and cool”. Preserving the freshness of your coffee can be difficult. The freshness gets depleted very fast when it is subjected to excessive air, moisture, heat and light. So, you need to get your precious beans in airtight glass or ceramic containers. Once you have your coffee in the right container, put it in a cool, dark place. Remember, any place near the oven or a window will get quite warm, so try to avoid putting the container there.
If you buy your coffee pre-ground you will want to put it in an airtight container immediately after you open the bag.
Once you open a bag you should use it within three to four weeks. During that time store it in an airtight container. The sealed bags or cans of coffee are fine. You do not have to open them and put them in containers. Just keep them in a cool, dark place.
Can I freeze ground coffee?
That is quite a debatable question. One article recommends freezing beans for no longer than a month, and only if you have purchased a large quantity of coffee that will not be used immediately. To do that you would break up your large quantity into smaller sections. Then wrap those small sections airtight bags. Once you remove them from the freezer you cannot return them. You have to put them in the airtight containers mentioned earlier to be used and stored in a cool, dry place. Other companies, like illy, do not recommend storing your beans in the freezer for any reason.
Does Folgers ground coffee keep fresh?
Coffee beans, once they are ground, don't stay perfectly fresh for more than a week. As soon as you grind the beans, essential oils and aromas from the beans begin dissipating in the air. Freezing them doesn't help either; in fact, a high-moisture area like your freezer can hurt the flavor of your coffee.
The best place to store coffee is a dry, airtight, light-proof container stored in your spice rack. After all, what is coffee if it's not a spice?
Anyway, the best thing to do is buy whole bean coffee, and invest in a burr coffee grinder. They're a little more expensive than blade grinders, but they provide a consistent grind and are easier to adjust. If you really can't afford that, buy freshly ground coffee in small quantities at the start of every week. You can buy beans from Starbucks by the 1/2 or 1/4 pound
jumping bean care?
How to take care of your pet jumping beans:
1. Treat them gently.
Do not throw the jumping beans. Do not step on them. Give them lots of tender loving care.
2. Keep your jumping beans in a cool place when you are not playing with them.
Store them in a cool spot like a drawer or closet. You can store them in the butter compartment of your refrigerator (45-50 degrees) if you would like them to live much longer (over 2-3 months), but NEVER store your jumping beans in the freezer. Freezing would kill your jumping beans.
3. Keep your beans away from too much heat.
They will jump when they are warm, but too much heat is NOT good. Never leave them in the hot sun or in a hot car.
4. Your jumping beans will travel happily in your pocket. Just remember to take them out.
5. About once a week give your jumping beans a bath in dechlorinated water. That means water that has been sitting out in an open container for at least 5 hours so the chlorine can evaporate. You may get to see them swim! After a short bath (5-30 minutes) remove them from the water and place them on a paper towel to dry. Do not scrub them. Do not use soap. The bath helps them stay moist, it is not because they need to be cleaned.
6. Do not feed your jumping beans.
Everything they need is inside their seed home.
7. Remember jumping beans contain a live larva and treat them with respect.
8.The jumping bean "jumps" because it is trying to either move to a cooler spot or is responding to sounds and light. It holds onto the very fine web it has woven on the walls of the bean, and then pushes away with its lower body hitting the oppisite wall with its head. This transfers the energy to the bean (seed) and moves the seed a short distance. It is certainly amazing to think about how much energy would be required and how strong a larva must be to move his/her seed!
8. If your jumping beans have been in a cool place they may like to warm up for a few minutes in your hand or pocket before they are ready to play.
9. Jumping beans respond to light and moderate sound.
10. Place them near a bright light and talk to them until they start to jump.
11. After 2 or 3 months the jumping beans will stop jumping because the larva inside is changing into a pupa.
12. About six months later, if you are lucky, you may see the moth emerge. Remember to keep them cool during this metamorphosis.
13. If a moth emerges, take it outside and set it free.
14. The moth will not harm the environment in any way. It will not eat clothes, like some moths do. It will not eat plants. Surprisingly, it will not eat anything. Your jumping bean moth got all the food it needed when it was in it's bean (seed pod). It will not lay eggs except in its native home in Mexico.
15. A moth will not emerge from every jumping bean. Many larvae will naturally die inside their seed home. This is normal, so do not be upset. Order fresh jumping beans from mypetbeans.com.
When I was a child, several of my beans metamorphed into moths. When you are a kid --- that's exciting!