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Better black beans

You guys gotta try this, I found that dried black beans are superior for a couple of reasons;

1. about 3 times less at a cup a day this is about $300 a yr savings over canned.

2. no salt

3. no BPA

a bit more prep but do a couple days at a time, and they taste better.

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Totally agree with you. I will do up a batch on a Monday afternoon (I work Tues through Sat) and it keeps me going for the majority of the week.

I also recommend Lentils, they are great and I find that they really help break up the black bean monopoly.


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how do you prepare them?

i tried them a couple of times and found them to be very dry even though i soaked them in the fridge overnight. do you boil them after you soak them? the package is never very specific after the initial soaking instructions.

  • jdcoulter commented Feb 7th 2012:

    There's a lot of different methods. I have always found that bringing them to a boil for a minute or two and then letting them cool and soak for about 5 hours works fairly well. The key thing to remember is that you need to use a lot of water. Don't just cover them, use at least 3 times as much water as you think you need.

  • Gretchen Linden commented Feb 8th 2012:

    resapieces -- black (or any dry) beans need to be soaked at least 8 hours (overnight is easiest) in lots of water. Not in the fridge! After soaking, drain off all the soaking water, rinse, and cover generously with new water and bring to a boil. Then turn the heat down and let them simmer 1-1.5 hours. Make sure they don't go dry while cooking. Then drain them and add them to whatever recipes you like. I like to saute some onion and garlic in olive oil and add the beans, then lots of chili powder, some cumin, some cayenne and salt and pepper. Maybe a little sugarless tomato paste or salsa. Cook them gently for a bit to blend the flavors. Mexi-beans! :)

  • resapieces commented Feb 8th 2012:

    i put them in the fridge because it said soak them in cold water. i figured soaking them in big bowl of water in the fridge overnight would do the trick. i will try again and see if i find them less terrible ;p thanks for the info :)


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I have been meaning to try dried beans out. I am currently going through about 4-5 cans a week.


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4. so little waste/transport costs compared to cans. Def. the best solution for the environment.

  • Charley commented Feb 28th 2012:

    Soak overnight in a big pot, drain, wash, cook for 1,5 hours in the big pot, too (foam comes up).

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