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Save money and learn how to cook black beans in the crock pot. It is super easy and takes hardly any effort.
How to cook black beans in the crock pot
One of our biggest money saving tips is to cook your own beans instead of buying them already canned. Not only do canned beans have extra sodium, but they are double the cost.
We rarely find coupons for canned beans, so make yours instead! It takes practically no effort. Black beans are one of the easiest beans to cook in the crockpot.
Crock Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is a favorite around here and it is so handy having black beans in the freezer ready to use. They are also delicious in this Skillet Beef Burrito Recipe with rice and beans.
Save money and make crock pot black beans.
During “soup season” I am always cooking up a batch of beans to freeze, so I wanted to remind you how to cook dried beans in your crockpot. You can actually Make your own “canned” beans.
You are just going to store yours in the freezer instead of canning them (now of course you can can your beans literally but I am not there yet).
These are so easy to make and a big money saver. When you toss the dried black beans in the crockpot, it is hard to believe that they are going to become soft and delicious without much effort, but they will! I promise.
Ingredients for crock pot black beans:
- dried black beans
How to cook black beans in the crock pot?
Rinse your dried beans and place them in the crockpot (you do not have to presoak your beans).
Top with the salt and water.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Separate into freezer friendly containers or freezer bags.
Allow to cool completely before placing in the freezer.
How long do you cook beans in the crockpot?
Take straight from freezer and place directly in crockpot if you are using them in a crockpot recipe (like a soup). Follow the cooking instructions as normal for the soup or recipe you are using the beans in.
You can cook them on low (directly from freezer) in a medium size pot until thawed and heated through.
You can also thaw them in the fridge the night before you plan to use them.
The best part about cooking your black beans in the crockpot is that you can then freeze them for future use. I love to use these in my crockpot meals. I literally toss them in the crockpot FROZEN, so I don’t have to do any extra work.
How Frugal is it?
1 can of beans cost around $1 on sale. 2 pounds of dried beans (making 7 to 8 cans) are around $2 or less. That means each new “can” in the freezer is only costing you around $.25. That is one nice savings!
What about the health?
Real canned beans have a ton of sodium in there. By making your own you are able to control that, meaning this is a cheaper and healthier alternative. These actually taste better too!
So… do you ever cook your beans in the crockpot? Our family does it all the time.
Tips for freezing:
These hands free bag holders are seriously a life saver. They keep your bags open so you can just dump your ingredients inside.
You can snag them very inexpensively on Amazon and even though they are not required, I highly recommend them when you make these healthy slow cooker meals.
Now you know how to cook dried black beans!
By cooking like this, it really helps me to save money on groceries. It is a huge help to our budget.
You will love having black beans in the freezer to use for delicious recipes. Skip the canned beans and make a bunch and freeze them instead.
The savings will add up and you will enjoy having them in the freezer. Get started today making slow cooker black beans.
Feel free to add chicken broth, bell peppers and anything you like when cooking dried beans.
The flavor is amazing in black beans and you can use them for so many different things. Plus, they are frugal and easy on the budget. Try stretching your meat by adding black beans.
Lots of ideas and the possibilities are endless.
Print this crock pot black beans recipe below:
How to Cook Black Beans in the Crockpot (and how to Freeze them)
- 1 pound Dried Black Beans
- 6 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Rinse your dried beans and place them in the crockpot (you do not have to presoak your beans).
- Top with the salt and water.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Separate into freezer friendly containers or freezer bags.
- Allow to cool completely before placing in the freezer.
- How to reheat:
- Take straight from freezer and place directly in crockpot if you are using them in a crockpot recipe (like a soup). You can cook them on low (directly from freezer) in a medium size pot until thawed and heated through.
- You can also thaw them in the fridge the night before you plan to use them.
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