Dried Beans Really Can Be As Easy To Use As Canned Beans!
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I know a lot of us use canned beans for their convenience, myself included. However, canned beans are more expensive and loaded with salt compared to their dry counterparts. Dry beans have the initial time requirement of soaking and cooking, but I recently discovered that you can FREEZE beans after they have been soaked and cooked. So you go through the soaking/cooking process ONCE and then have batches ready to go in the freezer! I freeze mine in 2 cup portions in ziploc bags. So easy!
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Lower your sodium intake by rinsing your beans! I like to use beans as a protein source but canned beans have so much sodium. Rinsing them before you use them really lowers the sodium! We do use dried beans sometimes but some dishes are just better with canned!
Not only do you save money by eating beans in place of meat sometimes, but using dried beans will save over using canned beans. It is nearly 2.5 times cheaper on average per serving to use dried beans.
Plan ahead a little. Soak the beans overnight (black beans don't need to be soaked) and then they can be cooked on low in a crockpot for 6-8 hours the next day. Any left overs can be frozen. Sooooooo much cheaper and easy enough to do with just a little planning!
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