• Beans
  • Water
  • Salt
  • crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Dry Beans are the cheapest and cleanest way to eat beans. You can buy dry beans in bulk sections of grocers or in packaged  bags on the grocer’s shelves.

Buying canned beans is easier. But you can’t guarantee their ingredients or their age if they are canned.

Cans of beans are very convenient however, if you make quick meals. So I’ve come up with a solution. I’ve been doing this for years already. I pre-cook my dry beans and then I freeze them in small portions. They thaw quickly and are ready for meals, just like opening a can.

I like to use my crock pot, but you can also make these on the stove top.

With a crockery, turn it on to high. Add 5 cups of rinsed dry beans, any flavor/variety. Boil two quarts of water in a kettle. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt over beans. Add a few pinches of crushed red pepper flakes. Pour boiling water over beans. Place lid over crockery and cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 10 hours.

Beans will come out soft and gently flavored. Pour excess fluid off if you would like. Scoop beans into containers and freeze in 1-2 cup portions. I always plan to eat some fresh ones in a meal, so I only freeze a few cups worth each time I do this.

the bean jar '13

cooked beans storage