Dried beans can be a real money-saver.
|Serving size:||1/2 cup|
|Prep time:||10 minutes|
|Cook time:||3 hours|
|Total time:||3 hours, 10 minutes|
Large oven-proof pot with tight-fitting lid, 8 quarts
Large mixing spoon
Serve with other vegetables for a filling vegetable plate with whole grain bread.
2 cups dried beans such as pinto, navy beans, kidney beans or black beans
1/4 cup olive oil
6 cups water
3 whole carrots, peeled or scrubbed, sliced
4 stalks celery, washed and chopped
2 onions, peeled, chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed (or 1 tablespoon garlic powder)
1 tablespoon salt
- Before you begin wash your hands, surfaces, utensils, and vegetables.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Rinse beans and pick over to remove any stones or bad beans.
- Put all ingredients into an oven-proof pot. Add 6 cups water. Put in oven with lid on tight so that the liquid stays in the pot to cook the beans. Use foil to cover tightly if you don’t have a lid.
- Cook 2 1/2 hours – 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Keep the beans covered with water. Add hot water if needed to just cover the beans.
- Check to see that the beans are cooked. A bean should be soft through, without a hard area in the middle.
- Serve with salsa, slaw or cooked cabbage and cornbread.
- A cup of dried beans costs $0.15 and has the same amount of protein as 4 ounces of chicken that costs $0.50 or more.
- A cup of dried beans costs at least $0.46 less than a cup of canned beans.
- One pound of dried beans gives 6 cups cooked beans and costs less than $1.00.
- Serve once as a main dish with 1/2 cup per person. Serve again as a side dish in a vegetable plate.
- Make a main dish of beans, tomatoes, and corn with a topping of cornbread baked on top.
- Make a main dish of beans, rice and salsa with a whole wheat or corn tortilla.
- Use beans in a salad or in soup.
- A pound (2 cups) of dry beans gives 6 cups of cooked beans – about 3 cans – at less than the cost of one can of beans. This recipe makes beans with a smooth sauce for a meal with beans left to make other dishes – cook once, eat plenty.