Bulk beans are so much cheaper than buying canned beans, it always takes a little planning though, and in the past I'd always forget. Not anymore, I have a big yogurt container boldly marked "BEANS" that I keep filled with soaking beans in the refrigerator all the time.
When I make a pot of beans, I've made it a habit to clean the container, refill it with beans and water, then put it back in the fridge. In a few days when I want to make beans again, they are ready to cook.
Now, I make beans at least once a week, so this works very well, and the beans don't go bad. It's healthier too. I know what I put in my beans and don't have to read a label to double check ingredients.
I try to keep at least one cup of beans soaking, but usually two. Cover the beans with equally the same amount of water if not more. Sometimes after a couple days I will check them to make sure the beans haven't soaked up all the water and will add more.
Here is my favorite easy bean recipe:
Serve with chips as a snack, with tortillas and taco fixings, or eat as a main dish.
This is a wonderful idea! May I blog about this if I give you credit?
I never have soaked beans. When we want beans, I just cook them in the crock pot, season with whatever I want in it, and just watch to see if I need to add water. Takes about 6-8 hours on low.
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