On 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.
How to Cook Black Beans in the crockpot
During “soup season” I am always cooking up a batch of beasn 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.
- 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.
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.
Check out our other great Crock Pot Recipes here.