When it comes to using food storage the biggest problem that we all face is that it's well... not instant. I've come to grips with the fact that I must grind my wheat before I make bread, must cook the rice for 20-30 minutes, not just 5. But, to soak beans overnight and then cook them for 1-2 hours just takes too much. So, I don't do it, and the beans go unused. I love beans, my family loves beans, and they are cheap! My solution: can them up. Spend a few minutes here and there throughout your day, and you have quarts of beans ready to eat!
Here are the steps:
Rinse your beans thouroughly (I do this in a strainer) then put them in a clean, sterile quart jar
Heat your canning lids in boiling water for a minute (or just follow package directions).
Put a lid and ring on each jar.
This all takes very little hands-on time, and you have beans on your shelf and ready to use. Very simple, and tasty! Ready for soups, tacos, refried beans, salads, anything you would use a can of beans for. This works with all bean varieties. I have tried navy beans, black beans, and pintos with equal success. I plan to try kidney beans soon, and I'll have to let you know how that works out.
I weighed it out this time, and each cup of black beans is 1/4 pound. Average price of beans right now is around $15 a 25 pound bag. That is $.60 a pound, $.15 per cup. A lid costs between 10 and 15 cents. Per quart of beans then, cost averages 25 to 30 cents. Last time I checked, that was way cheaper than any in the store. And coupons don't seem to cover beans very often.
Awesome! Just thought I'd pass this along. It's my favorite frugal/food storage/canning project!