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Old 01-13-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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beans? I'd like to get away from canned, and don't know where to start. I'd like to learn to cook dried beans, then freeze them in "can" portions for later use. anyone do this? Also, any other freezer tips for easier and cheaper meal prep would be lovely! thanks

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I usually cook them in the crock pot, let them cool and then put them in a freezer bag or freezer dish. If cooking in the crock pot they don't need to be soaked first (except kidney beans, kidney beans should always be soaked for 8 hours before cooking). http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/12...-crockpot.html

You can freeze cooked rice- plain or seasoned. The trick is putting into the bag or container while its still warm. That will help keep the rice moist. We keep mexican rice and rice pilaf in the freezer at all times.

We also make big batches of meatballs to freeze. We make homemade spaghetti sauce and freeze- that doesn't really save any money unless you have your own tomatoes.
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I usually cook them in the crock pot, let them cool and then put them in a freezer bag or freezer dish. If cooking in the crock pot they don't need to be soaked first (except kidney beans, kidney beans should always be soaked for 8 hours before cooking). http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/12...-crockpot.html
That's how I do them too.
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I've just done beans a little, but I've done 2 ways so far: just soaked (so I just take them out and boil them/throw them in broth to start a soup) and fully cooked by soaking and then boiling. They seemed ok both times, but I am not sure if they're as pretty/good consistency as store bought - I'd love to hear others' experiences.
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Re: how to freeze..

we do beans alot (vegetarian) at least twice a week. so far i have found that soaking them over night then cooking them (i tend to boil the piss out of them so they go quicker and just keep adding water). once they are cooked (which can take awhile) i lay them on a cookie sheet, freeze then put them in portioned sized amounts in the freezer.
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I soak and cook my beans, then I portion them into 1.5 cup freezer baggies. One 15oz can of beans is usually about 1.5 cups. I always cook with recipes so this is the easiest way for me to freeze my beans. Or I split one 16oz bag of dry beans into 4 freezer bags so that is about 1.5 cups each still. I just usually thaw on the counter or in the fridge overnight.

I also freeze tomato paste. If a recipe calls for 1Tbsp, I then drop the rest into Tbsp drops on a plate and freeze. Once frozen, I slip them all into a freezer bag.
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good ideas! I never thought of trying this- love money saving tips!
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I've just begun spreading the slow-cooked, cooled beans onto 2-3 foil-lined, greased cookie sheets and freezing them, then putting the loose beans all in one gallon-size freezer bag. It's easy to scoop out a cup or two for a recipe and I'm not chasing six pint-size freezer bags around my freezer. I've also not yet ruined a recipe by using 2 cups of beans in place of a 1 2/3-cup can.
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I soak dried beans either overnight or 6ish hours. I bring to a boil, then wrap in a wool blanket- a crude Hot Box. http://www.neutralexistence.com/blog...lated-hot-box/.
Then I drain and fill mason jars for freezing. (if freezing liquid in mason jars- be mindful of expansion and leave an inch or so, drained, you can fill em up)
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