On our biggest money saving tips is to cook your own beans instead of buying them already canned. Not only do canned beans have extra sodium, but they are double the cost. We rarely find coupons for canned beans, so make yours instead! It takes practically no effort. Black beans are one of the easiest beans to cook in the crockpot.
How to Cook Black Beans in the crockpot
During “soup season” I am always cooking up a batch of beasn to freeze, so I wanted to remind you how to cook dried beans in your crockpot. You can actually Make your own “canned” beans. You are just going to store yours in the freezer instead of canning them (now of course you can can your beans literally but I am not there yet).
These are so easy to make and a big money saver.
When you toss the dried black beans in the crockpot, it is hard to believe that they are going to become soft and delicious without much effort, but they will! I promise.
All you need is time… about 8 hours to be exact and you an have beans ready to freeze for any future soup or side dish. Once you do this, you won’t ever want to eat canned again. No seriously… you won’t ever want “real” canned again.
- 2 -4 pounds dried black beans
- salt (optional)
- Rinse your dried beans and place them in the crockpot (you do not have to presoak your beans). Cover with water (about three times as much water as the beans).
- Season with salt if you want. I usually don’t and I just season them when I use them.
- Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. (If you are nervous about the gas that comes in beans, some say you can add a tablespoon or two of baking soda to your beans while cooking. That should help.)
- Separate into freezer friendly containers (I used the Ziploc ones that I got for cheap). You can also place in freezer bags. I generally will keep some of the liquid in the containers with the beans.
- Allow to cool completely before placing in the freezer. 2 lbs makes 7 to 8 cans of beans. Since my family eats about 2 cans in one dinner, I normally will freeze them in 2 can quantities, but that is up to you.
- !How to reheat:
- Take straight from freezer and place directly in crockpot if you are using them in a crockpot recipe (like a soup). You can cook them on low (directly from freezer) in a medium size pot until thawed and heated through.
- You can also place them in the fridge the night before you plan to use them. I normally just take them straight from the freezer.
The best part about cooking your black beans in the crockpot is that you can then freeze them for future use. I love to use these in my crockpot meals. I literally toss them in the crockpot FROZEN, so I don’t have to do any extra work.
How Frugal is it?
1 can of beans cost around $1 on sale. 2 pounds of dried beans (making 7 to 8 cans) are around $2 or less. That means each new “can” in the freezer is only costing you around $.25. That is one nice savings!
What about the health?
Real canned beans have a ton of sodium in there. By making your own you are able to control that, meaning this is a cheaper and healthier alternative. These actually taste better too!
So… do you ever cook your beans in the crockpot? Our family does it all the time.