Today I wanted to help show you another way to save money in the kitchen: Make your own “canned” beans. You are just going to store yours in the freezer instead of canning them. These are so easy to make and a big money saver.
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- 2 pounds any kind of dried beans
- 10 cups water
- salt (optional)
Rinse your dried beans and place them in the crockpot (you do not have to presoak your beans). Cover with water (about three times as much water as the beans).
Season with salt if you want. I usually don’t and I just season them when I use them.
Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. (If you are nervous about the gas that comes in beans, some say you can add a tablespoon or two of baking soda to your beans while cooking. That should help.)
Separate into freezer friendly containers (I used the Ziploc ones that I got for cheap). You can also place in freezer bags. I generally will keep some of the liquid in the containers with the beans.
Allow to cool completely before placing in the freezer. 2 lbs makes 7 to 8 cans of beans. Since my family eats about 2 cans in one dinner, I normally will freeze them in 2 can quantities, but that is up to you.
Take straight from freezer and place directly in crockpot if you are using them in a crockpot recipe. You can cook them on low (directly from freezer) in a medium size pot until thawed and heated through. You can also place them in the fridge the night before you plan to use them. I normally just take them straight from the freezer.
Making your own canned beans is so easy to make, and a big money saver. This recipe makes 7-8 cans of beans.
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 a cheaper and healthier alternative. These actually taste better too!
I hope this helps you save money! What are you waiting for? Go get you some dried beans!!