never buy canned beans again

You're sitting on the edge of your seat, right?

This is really that exciting.  I heard about this from a friend and was quick to ask her how to do this.  Have you done it?  I could very well be late in receiving the news but for those of you who are like me and find tips like this on friend, read on.

Although a can of beans is easy to buy I was excited to do this for black beans since we often have them as a side.  I have some chickpeas I'm going to make up next and then I'll do it for kidney beans when chili season rolls around.  Although I kept these simple you could of course add an onion or two in the mix and some spices too.  Keeping them simple means I can use them for all sorts of things from a simple side to this cheesy cilantro black bean recipe.  It also means there's no added salt when I go ahead and heat them up.

Here's the recipe.  Thanks to Kara who got it from ... ?!

1.  Take your bag of beans, or two, and soak them overnight in a large dutch oven.
2.  In the morning drain the beans and pour them into your slow cooker then cover the beans with water.
3.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours until the beans are cooked and tender.
4.  For 1 can of beans you'll freeze in portions of 1 2/3 cups.  

So tell me, this is revolutionary, right?! Part of my excitement is due to the fact that canned beans go for well over $1.00 here and I think they should cost $.48 max!


  1. It's from Stephanie O'Dea and the Crockpot 365-Days or whatever her blog/cookbook is. So easy and quick - and you can do organic or fancy beans for way less than canned. Yea!!

  2. Wow. This is awesome. I gotta pin this one, too, to go back and do. Thanks, Friends. Y'all are going to make me a better cook. :)

  3. Merritt- I would "like" your comment if I could!