Home-cooked dried beans are a simple way to stretch a dollar

How to Cook Dried Beans

Here is (literally) everything you need to know about cook dried beans at home. With a few tips, beans are actually so simple, and there are factually hundreds of ways you can use them! The texture can’t be banging, as well as you can always freeze what you don’t use.

Home-cooked dried beans are a simple way to stretch a dollar, boost up the nutritional value of dinner, and around out a meal. Canned beans also have a place in my house, although the flavor, texture, and versatility of dried up beans can’t be beaten.

How to Cook Dried Beans 4 Ways

The key to cook a delicious batch of from-scratch beans on the stovetop depends on two things: the age of your beans and knowing when to salty them. The rest is up and about to you.

Which Dried Beans to roast

I use this simple stovetop method for little, average, or large beans such as the subsequent:

  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Navy beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Great Northern beans
  • Cannellini beans.

Note: This method will not job for lentils or split peas, which are not really beans per se but still in the legume people. Lentils roast much quicker than the abovementioned beans and don’t require pre-cooking.

How Old Are Your Beans?


If you’ve ever spent hours on end cooking beans and they are still too firm to like, the culprit probably isn’t the formula or your cooking technique, but quite the bean itself. If you happen to get to the point where you’ve ripe these beans and come up to this unfortunate end, unfortunately, your best bet is to pitch them.

How to Cook Dried Beans 4 Ways

For the most part, dry beans are best old within two years of harvest. Knowing a harvest date isn’t always the easiest, but most dry beans at the superstore have a best buy date printed on the bag. make sure it before you buy or, barring that, if you’ve got a random bag lying around in the pantry, after you cook it.

To ensure freshness when shopping for beans at the superstore look for the best buy date on the bag and have a general idea of when want to roast them. Alternatively, look for local producers at your farmer’s marketplace and ask them about harvest dates.

The best part about beans that they are a comparatively low maintenance and low cost nutritional powerhouse. You don’t need to over think them.


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