Tip: Stock Your Own “Canned” Beans

Beans are truly one of nature’s super foods.

Beans are truly one of nature’s super foods.  Besides being a great source of fiber and protein, they are rich in antioxidants and most beans are about 1% fat (soybeans are the exception at 18-20% fat).

Call to Action:

  1. Purchase dried beans of your liking, such as black, kidney, navy, pinto to name a few.

  2. Soak beans overnight in purified water.

  3. Drain, rinse, add fresh water, and cook beans following prescribed cooking time for type of bean.

  4. Allow to cool completely (once the pot cools down put in refrigerator to cool beans completely).

  5. Freeze in 3-1/2 cup portions along with some of the liquid using freezer bags or containers (equivalent to a 15 oz. can of beans).

  6. Thaw beans in refrigerator overnight to use in your favorite bean recipes.

These are infinitely better and cheaper than buying canned beans, which should only be used in a pinch.

Note: If you do use canned beans, always put the beans in a strainer and rinse with cool water, which will remove 40% of the added salt.

To your wellness,

Lynn

P.S. I use a good quality pressure cooker to save time.  Pressure cooker beans cook anywhere from 3 to 12 minutes for soaked beans to double that amount of time for unsoaked beans.  You can also cook beans in a crock pot for hours during the day.

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