Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Cooking Beans: For the Freezer

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cooking Beans: For the Freezer

Hi there! So you know how many of you have sent me e-mails about where the heck my cooking beans post was? Well guess what? I never actually posted it. It was one of those things I had literally written out in my noggin, but it never made it to the ole blog. Blonde moment on my part lovelies. Sorry about that. That being said, I am posting on how I do my beans today. You will also see more canning/freezing posts next week. (I am keeping my fingers crossed I get time to make this happen). I am kinda into canning this month. My motherinlaw taught my sisinlaw and I a few weeks ago. I am loving it! 

Anyways onto how I do my beans. In this post I am showing you how I cook black beans and then freeze them. The method is the same for any type of dried bean. 

I purchase my beans from Wal-Mart or Winco. The bag is 16oz. and I pay less than $2 a bag. Each bag will give me about 6 cups of cooked beans. This means I will have 6 bags of beans when I am done. Perfect for 6 meals!

To start out, I rinse my beans in the sink. Remove any broken beans or foreign material. Next, put them in a pot full of water. Allow them to sit over night in the water. In the morning, pour beans into a colander  All the water will drain out (it will be a black color) and the beans will be pretty clean. Again, remove any broken beans and such.
Now you will place all your beans into a crock-pot. This particular Crock Pot
is a 2 1/2 qt pot and it held all of my beans. Fill with water. Make sure that the water covers the beans.
Cook on high for 8-10 hours. Beans should be soft.

Drain your beans and pat them dry with paper towels.
Divide them into 1 cup baggie fulls. This is the perfect amount when adding to chili, tacos, and salads. Using beans is a great way to have a meatless dinner and save on groceries. It is also a great way to add a nutritional boost to any recipe!

Oh and I use either small freezer bags or freezer safe Tupperware.

Pressure Cooker Method: Place 2 cups of beans in a pressure cooker with 5 cups of water. Bring pressure cooker valve to a slow rocking. Cook for 25 minutes. Allow to cool on its own. Follow steps above for freezing.

So there you have it. Easy peasy right? Oh and did you know that making your own beans, rather than buying store bought, is so much better? Not only does it save you money, but you know exactly what is in them. No preservatives:)

Have a FABULOUS day lovelies!

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