View Poll Results: Dry beans vs. Canned
I love dry beans, it's much cheaper, and it's not any more effort for me over using canned. 18 36.00%
I only use canned, I don't have the time to plan for dry beans. 12 24.00%
I want to use dry beans, but can't fit it into my schedule. 12 24.00%
I use dry beans, and think the energy use costs roughly the same as buying canned. 8 16.00%
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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Dry Beans ~vs.~ Canned Beans

What do you guys buy? I want to use bag beans because they're cheaper, but whenever I try it, I end up either making them ahead of time then forgetting they're in the fridge...so they go bad...then I'm wasting food. Not good...

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I can't figure out how far ahead to plan on cooking them, so we end up buying a can of beans at the store, just to have something for dinner when we're starving and need something quick.

But, is it really cheaper to buy them in the bag, when you have to boil them for 1-2 hours? What do you think the cost difference is when you have to use so much gas/electric to boil them for that long? If you get the large cans of beans (32 ounces), would it come out about the same as buying in the bag after all the energy use, with energy prices so high now?

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I use both...I like the dry, but at times don't have time for it (sometimes convenience overrules price for me )
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Re: Dry Beans ~vs.~ Canned Beans

I didn't vote because I didn't see an option that really fit me. I used to hate dealing with dry beans, but since I've found you can cook them in the crockpot overnight with no need to soak first, I am much more likely to use them.
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I am allergic to pinto beans so I use canned ones so that I don't have to chance having an allergic reaction. But I think that even if I was not allergic we would used canned beans because we just don't eat a lot of beans.
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We've recently started to eat a lot of beans around here. I soak them overnight and then freeze them in small portions (usually one cup portions)---then use them throughout the week. We store our dried beans in old glass jars.

At times I've had to use canned beans. They taste exactly the same to me... and they are just so much more expensive to me.
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Re: Dry Beans ~vs.~ Canned Beans

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I didn't vote because I didn't see an option that really fit me. I used to hate dealing with dry beans, but since I've found you can cook them in the crockpot overnight with no need to soak first, I am much more likely to use them.
I've also heard a pressure cooker will cook dry beans in about 45 minutes, but we don't have one of those, nor a crock pot. But, leaving a crock pot on all night...does that save on money? I don't really know how efficient crock pots are.

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We've recently started to eat a lot of beans around here. I soak them overnight and then freeze them in small portions (usually one cup portions)---then use them throughout the week. We store our dried beans in old glass jars.
Then how long do you cook them when you pull them out of the freezer? If you soak them in boiling water, does that lessen the cooking time? We've got a quick-boiling kettle I could use...
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Re: Dry Beans ~vs.~ Canned Beans

I use canned only because I don't know how to cook the bagged.
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I don't know how to use dry beans and am pretty lazy about cooking
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We don't use a lot of beans around here, I usually take one can and pour its contents into two/three ziploc snack bags and freeze them. Otherwise, you can leave beans in a pot with a lot of water overnight (don't have to have it turned on) and then in the morning boil it for about 30 mins/less depending on how soft the beans got. You could then freeze it in small portions to make it worth your while.
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I use dry. I make extra and them freeze them in silicone muffin cups, pop them out and put them in a freezer ziplock back. They defrost sooner and don't get wasted that way
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