Canned Beans vs. Dried Beans
- Buy dry beans in bulk for the best price, rinse the beans, then put in a bowl and cover with water. Make sure to put enough water to have 2-3 inches of water on top as the beans will absorb the water. Soak overnight or 6-8 hours. Note: you don’t have to soak the beans but it will reduce cooking time as well as leach out carbohydrates which our bodies cannot digest. This will reduce the gas!
- Boil the soaked beans in water until tender – typically 40 minutes. Some people like to season the beans but it is not recommended that you salt the beans until AFTER they are cooked if at all.
- Once the beans are ready just package them into portion sized containers. (I use all those Ziploc storage containers that I've scored cheap with coupons.) Throw them in the freezer! When you are ready to use them they thaw in seconds in a colander under warm water. They’re already cooked so they just need to be warmed in whatever dish you are using them in. Or eat them cold in a salad.