Crockpot Dried Beans

Recently a client expressed interest in including more meatless meals in her menu rotation; specifically dishes that included beans. She wanted to use dried beans in place of canned beans for budget reasons but was unsure how she could find the time to fit the lengthy precooking process into her busy schedule. I wrote about some of the health benefits of beans here.

Enter the humble crock-pot. I have three of them, different sizes for different tasks and I love each of them.

Cooking dried beans in a crock pot allows a lot of the time involved in precooking to be passive time. You still have to plan for it but you don’t have to watch over the pot the same way you would if it was on the stove. AND you can let it work while you sleep so that very little time is actually wasted.

Soup is good food! Once you have cooked up a pot of beans, give this hearty and healthy soup a try.It is full of healthy protein, fiber and phytonutrients… and oh so tasty!

Crockpot Dried Beans

Crockpot Dried Beans
Crockpot Dried Beans
Print Recipe
Dried beans are healthy, inexpensive and easy to use in your favorite recipes-- especially when cooked in the crockpot!
Servings Prep Time
7 cups cooked beans 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 hours 6-8 hours if soaking overnight
Servings Prep Time
7 cups cooked beans 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 hours 6-8 hours if soaking overnight
Crockpot Dried Beans
Crockpot Dried Beans
Print Recipe
Dried beans are healthy, inexpensive and easy to use in your favorite recipes-- especially when cooked in the crockpot!
Servings Prep Time
7 cups cooked beans 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 hours 6-8 hours if soaking overnight
Servings Prep Time
7 cups cooked beans 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 hours 6-8 hours if soaking overnight
Ingredients
Servings: cups cooked beans
Instructions
  1. Rinse and sort the beans under cool, running water; removing any shriveled beans.
  2. Place beans in crock pot and cover with 7-8 cups of fresh cold water. Cover and soak for 6-8 hours ( while at work during the day or overnight)-- DO NOT turn crock pot on.
  3. Drain and rinse beans. Return to crock pot and cover with 7-8 cups of fresh water. Cook on low for 8 hours (while at work during the day or overnight). When tender use in your favorite recipe that requires beans.
  4. If you will not be using the entire pound of beans at once you can portion and freeze them in **Ziploc bags for future use.
  5. For planning: 1lb of dried beans yields about 7 cups of cooked beans . A 15 oz can holds a bit less than two cups. (or equivalent to 3 ½ - 4 cans from 1 lb of dried beans) ~12/3 cups = ~1 can
Recipe Notes

**Make sure that beans are cooled to refrigerator temperature before bagging and freezing.

Make sure You are using "Freezer" bags and not regular storage bags as the "freezer" bags are thicker ad will keep beans fresh longer.

Make sure to label and date the Beans.

Frozen beans should maintain a good quality for at least three months when stored at 0 degrees F. They will continue to be safe indefinitely at this temperature but over time changes in taste and quality may occur.

To Thaw Frozen Beans: The easiest way is to thaw overnight on a platter in the refrigerator to catch any possible leaks.

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