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How to Cook Dried Beans – Directions for Stove Top, Slow Cooker, and Pressure Cooker


The price of canned beans has gone up over the last couple of years. Occasionally you can find a good sale or a great coupon, but most the time it is much more frugal to cook dried beans than to use a can of beans.

One pound of dried black beans makes the equivalent of 4 cans of beans. I stock up on dried beans when they go on sale because during that time I can by a pound of beans for less than a can of cooked beans.

How to Cook Dried Beans

Some methods for cooking beans call for soaking the beans overnight. But you can great reduce the soaking time by soaking them in heated water instead.

One Hour Bean Soaking Method

You can use this method in place of soaking beans overnight.

  • Add 1 pound of beans to a large pot and cover with water.
  • Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, place lid on pot and let sit for 1 hour.
  • Drain and rinse the beans. Proceed with the rest of the directions.

Methods for Cooking Dried Beans:

How to Cook Dried Beans

Homemade Refried Beans

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Cooking Pinto Beans in a Crock Pot

How to Cook Beans in a Pressure Cooker

How to Cook Navy Beans in a Slow Cooker

How to Cook Black-Eyed Peas in a Slow Cooker

A can of beans usually contains 1 3/4 cups of beans. I cook beans in bulk and then freeze the extra in 1 3/4 cups quantities. If you don’t have extra storage containers, you can freeze them in plastic bags. Lay them flat to freeze. You can stack them once frozen to save space. Then when a recipe calls for a can of beans you just grab your home cooked beans. I usually thaw my beans in the microwave before adding them to recipes.

If you have avoided beans because they make someone in your family gassy, you may what to try following these directions  for How to Degas Beans.

Once you have cooked the dried beans, try using them in some of these Frugal Bean and Rice Recipes.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


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