■ Refrigerate fresh green beans in an open plastic bag; use within 1 week.
■ Store canned green beans in a cool, dry place at room temperature and use within 8 to 12 months for best quality.
■ Frozen green beans should be used within 8 to 12 months. Freeze your own green beans. Blanch the beans in boiling water for 3 minutes. Cool quickly in ice water. Drain. Freeze separated beans on a cookie sheet before packaging and package in labeled containers or freezer bags and freeze right away