No more canned beans…

I am not a big fan of spending two to three times as much for something that I can make myself with little to no extra work.  Example: Beans!  I can buy dry, organic black beans (or pinto beans) in the bulk section of my health food store for about half to one third of what I can buy it for canned.  That’s a BIG price difference!  Also, there’s nothing extra in my beans…I don’t have to worry about the sodium =)  I can make a big batch of beans in my crockpot and then freeze them in convenient packages for later use.

Here’s what I do.  I fill my crockpots about 1/3 full with beans (this time I did pinto and black beans).  Then I cover them at least one inch over the top, cover, and let them sit overnight to soak (do not turn your crockpot on yet!).  In the morning I drain the beans and add fresh water, this time making sure there is about 2 extra inches of water on the top.  I put the cover on and cook for about 8-9 hours on low.  It really depends on your crockpot though.  One of mine cooks pretty fast and the other much slower.  If you check at 8 hours and the beans are not tender, let them go until they are!  You can add seasoning to them if want to, or just leave them plain to be used in whatever your little heart desires later.  After they are cooked, I divide them up into 2 and 3 cup freezer bags and freeze.  Generally, 1 can of beans equals approximately 2 cups of fresh beans.

So really, how much work did that take?  And how much money did you save???  And is it healthier?????  It is soooooo worth it!

March 23, 2010 in Being Frugal, Cooking Fun!, Recipes
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4 Responses

  1. Genius, pure genius!!!

  2. Thank you! I always want to do this but I can never find info on how long to let it cook! Have you ever done it without presoaking?

  3. You’re welcome!! I haven’t tried it without pre-soaking first. Let me know if you try it. You can also soak for a few hours and then let it cook overnight in the crockpot.

  4. I can’t wait to try this!