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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  1. I adore your blog, and have been buying dry beans for a long time and guess what...they just sit there because I don't really know how to cook them! Now I can put all those bags of beans to good use. Thanks for the post :)

  2. Also, there is no bisphenol A in homemade beans. I opened a can of baked beans yesterday and saw the telltale white lining in the can and now I need to find a recipe to make my own baked beans, lol! I make beans frequently but hadn't thought to freeze them. Thanks for the tip!

  3. I also cook and freeze beans. I cook pinto from refried beans in the crockpot but I do black beans on the stove. I freeze mine in freezer safe tupperware that I have been collecting from Goodwill and other thrift stores. Cooking your own beans is alot cheaper and taste better then store bought ones :)

  4. This is great! I've been wondering how to do this because dried beans are so much healthier and cheaper than canned. Thanks!

  5. Danielle, you are so awesome. I saw these pics on Instagram and have been dying to find out how you do it! You make it all seem so do-able...I am definitely going to do this! Thanks for sharing another fantastic tip!!

  6. Thanks for the great party! I'm loving all the fall themed items! Be sure to check out my recipe for peanut butter ice cream! :)


  7. Thank you SO much for posting this! I LOVE beans and have been thinking about doing this. You just gave me some inspiration. Thanks again! =)

  8. I had no idea how to cook beans other than buying them in cans, thank you so much for this easy how-to! We love hummus, and I've got a great recipe, so if I could cook my own chickpeas instead of getting the cans, that would be so awesome! I could buy them in bulk, too! I must say, though that I cringed a little at the "blot dry with paper towels" part. I think I'm especially sensitive to these things since I started my 31 Days series on living green this month. And I JUST wrote the post about the not-paper towel on Friday (here). I'm gonna throw it out there for you, seems like something you could get into, cuz you'd save more money using reusable cloth towels instead. Think about it! Hope your having a great weekend!

  9. Thanks for sharing this Danielle. I'm cooking kidney beans in the crock pot as I write this. Yesterday I wanted to make chili for dinner and didn't have any kidney beans except for a bag of dry ones. Of course it would take to long to cook them so I did go to the store for a can so that I could make dinner. This will never happen again. I will be prepared with beans in my freezer thanks to you! Next time I go shopping I'm going to buy some black beans and cook them too.

  10. I am wanting to make my husband white beans and ham. Since he is the only one who eats them, I would have PLENTY to freeze for him at a later time. Can I just scoop the Beans and Ham WITH the juice into a bag and freeze it? Have you done this before? It is ok, right? I LOVE your blog! Thanks for you time. And Thanks to your hubby for serving our country!

  11. Oh, my email is britmh7@

  12. This might be a silly question, but about how many cups of cooked beans do you put in each freezer bag for recipes? My can says 15.5 oz for a recipe, but how many cups is that?

  13. This might be a silly question, but about how many cups are in a can of beans? I'm wondering how many cups to put in my freezer bags.


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