One of my wintertime projects is canning dried beans to stash in my pantry for last minute meals. I love the convenience of having canned beans on hand, black beans for Mexican dishes or for adding to salsas, pintos for chili soup and my new favorites, cranberry beans. They have a sweet flavor to them , so serving them with rice is a yummy way to eat these! I’ve also canned the yummy Anasazi Beans, here is what their website has to say:
Anasazi Beans® are considered an unusually tasty baking bean, very scrumptious with ham and flavorful in Mexican dishes. This sweeter and mealier bean will allow many culinary delights! They also contain 75% less of the gas-causing carbohydrates compared to pinto beans!
I found a blog that I think shows the step by step process pretty good . I’ve tried this method for years and they turn out great every time. You can also cook up a batch of beans and freeze portions in freezer containers or bags , just thaw at room temperature and heat as usual. Of course I like the convenience of home canned beans but I also like that its money saving!
1 lb of dried beans makes approximately 7 cups of cooked beans, so do the math, you only get 1 1/2 cups (max) per store bought can . Of course if you are starting from scratch and are having to buy all your canning supplies, then of course your expense is high. But I have all the jars I need , a sturdy older canner and my time is free:) and laundry and other things get done while I’m canning. Besides it heats my house up and come wintertime , I love a warm house.
Also I didn’t mention , I know what goes in the jar , how much salt and no preservatives , etc.
Now for your info! “Rich in protein, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, beans are nutritional treasures in almost any form, says the American Dietetic Association. Because soaking and boiling dried beans may take more time than your schedule allows, you may be using canned beans to reap the health benefits of these legumes. In spite of their nutritional differences, dried and canned beans both promote healthy digestion, boost energy and give you the building materials you need for tissue growth and repair.”
We have quite a variety at the store to pick from, from the 1# to 2# size that we repack to the 25# bags on our bulk rack. From the popular pintos and kidney beans to black and small red , we also have lentils and split peas too.
So my project for today is canning a few pints of yummy beans for my empty shelves! There are always a few that don’t seal , giving me a good start on my supper! Chili soup , anyone?