Saturday, February 18, 2012

Save Money - Use Dry Beans

To save money, we have been using more dry beans these last few months. We used to buy black beans at Wal-Mart for a reasonable cost. But, we are able to save even more money by soaking them, cooking them, and storing them ourselves.

First - I buy large bags of dry black beans at the bulk food store. This past trip I bought a bag that was 4.18 pounds. (This cost me $5.81.)

Next - We soaked the beans in a caldron large stock pot overnight, or up to 24 hours. Cover the beans with water and add a few more inches of water, beans are thirsty.

Then - We drained the water and added fresh water. Cover the beans with water and then add one more inch.

Saute and Add  - (per pound) 1/2 onion, 1 clove garlic, 2 Tbls. oil, 2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper

Cook - several hours until the liquid is creamy and the beans are tender

Cool and store - We store the beans in cottage cheese type containers in the freezer

With this last batch we were able to cook 256 ounces of beans. This is the equivalent of 7 cans of black beans at Wal-Mart. Seven cans of Great Value brand beans (price $.68/15 oz can) = about $11.50. 

So, after factoring in the onion and seasoning we saved at least $4. Is it worth it? It is to me! You cannot put a price on knowing where/how your food is cooked/stored!!! We eat five pounds of dry beans in a month's time so we might be saving more than $50 a year. Not bad.

Next, we need to conquer Kidney Beans, because the canned kidneys at the store have high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in them. We have two children in our church who are allergic to HFCS. So, I am need to be very careful that I don't accidentally make them sick with the food I prepare for potlucks!


Anonymous said...

Not all canned kidney beans have the hfcs but you're right, you have to be careful and read. Generally the better stuff is more expensive but I watch for sales. It's easy to stock up on cans. A crock pot can help with cooking dried (soaked) beans too. We like beans! Red beans with rice, chili, senate bean soup, minestrone soup, etc. -Mrs. B

Bethany in mid-MO said...

In the crock pot! What a great idea! I would have to cook less at a time, but I could do it more often! Thanks for the idea!!!