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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dry Vs. Canned

Seems people like either one or the other.

I stay home. That may make it easier for me to make beans from scratch.
In my internet research, I have harnessed these basic truths about beans:

Dry Beans Canned Beans

Cost less More convenient
More nutritious Much longer shelf life
No sodium More salt and no control over other added stuff
Require planning Require trip to the store (for me, anyway)

Try soaking and cooking the beans from scratch, you may be sold, like me. Simply follow the basic directions on the bag. Early last year, I invested in a 20 piece plastic storage container set. I soak an entire bag of beans at one time. After cooking until tender, I separate the beans ( about 2 cups each ) in containers to freeze.

Today I am cooking three pounds of navy beans. We a bought ham on sale last week. The $10 ham yielded five individual freezer packages. Additionally, we have a Ham roast, Ham for slicing sandwiches and one last pack in the refer I will use today in my bean soup.

I am soaking two bags of beans, planning ahead for Super Bowl. DH has requested Baked Beans and he shall have them!!!

My recipes for Pork and Beans and Baked Beans - from scratch, are in my SP cookbook. Follow the link below for the recipes:



recipes.sparkpeople.com/
cookbooks.asp?cookbook=680317
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/23/2013 12:09AM

    Sounds delicious!

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LISBETHSALANDER 1/22/2013 6:16PM

    I make dried beans twice a week in my pressure cooker. Couldn't live without them. I keep 1 low-sodium can on hand in case of a bean emergency. I freeze mine, too. Have to try your pork and bean recipe. Thanks for sharing! Have a great and a sparkly week.

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/22/2013 4:26PM

    I almost always use dry beans, but have never frozen them. If you make ham/beans starting with the frozen, what do you use for liquid, for example? When I make a big pot of beans we usually just eat them until they are gone, which admittedly makes things a little interesting, but we do love them so. Thanks for your blog! Jeannie

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SAINTBETH 1/22/2013 3:30PM

    I'm coming to your house for lunch! Sounds delicious. I use both canned and dry. Canned for when I didn't plan ahead, dry for when I do.

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PATRICIAAK 1/22/2013 1:36PM

    Very nutritious

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