Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dinner Time Preparation

This weeks menu will require 1 can each of kidney beans for two of it meals, Tuesday's Mexican Toss Together & Thursday's Taco Soup. So instead of buying canned beans at my last market trip, I decided I would go with the cheaper route and use a bag of dried beans that were already in the pantry. Yes, canned beans are quicker, but they also cost more in the long run. The price to buy 3 (15 oz) cans of cooked kidney beans would average around $2.97 (in our area, they cost around 0.99 cents a can.) Buying a 16-oz. bag of dried beans is $0.69. One bag will make the equivalent of 3 cans, therefore saving me $2.28! It may not seem like a big savings, but think of how many cans you might buy in the course of a month or a year...that extra savings will really add up quickly. That's more money in your pocket and less in the retailers bank account. I now have 1 extra can equivalent of beans to put in the freezer and use at a later date. That just saved me a trip to the market later on.

Another benefit of using dried beans versus canned is that you control the seasonings that go into them. It's a win-win all the way around in my books.

Moving tonight I have culled through my dried beans to remove any foreign particles, placed them in a strainer to rinse and then left them in a bowl with enough water to cover so they can soak overnight. Come morning time, all I have to do is drain & rinse, then transfer them to the crockpot and let it cook for the day. By the time I am ready for them on Tuesday, they will be completely prepared and all I will have to do is add them to my recipe. Cooking can be so easy if you just prepare ahead of time.


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Sarah said...

I do hope you don't mind me asking, but you do bring the dried beans to a rolling boil for ten minutes and then discard the water before you put them in the cookpot for the day? Many beans produce a toxin if you don't boil them first and discard the water.

Keeper of our Home said...

Sarah ~

Please ask away anytime. In regards to boiling...I normally don't do that or even soak pinto beans but for kidney beans, the get a good soak and rinse. I have never boiled them first but I have heard of the toxins. So far we haven't had any reaction to them or anything from just being soaked. But I have pondered about boiling them next time to see if there is a difference. Great question! Thanks for asking.

~Mrs. M

Shilah said...

Hi there. I just love reading your blog. I wanted to comment on the cost of dried beans vs. canned. I think that it might be more of a savings than you think or I might be reading it wrong. If a 16 oz. bag of dried beans costs $0.69 and makes the equivalent of 3 cans, wouldn't it just cost you $0.69 instead of $2.07? Which would actually end up saving you about $2.28, instead of $0.90.

I hope that's helpful. I know where I live the cost of dried beans vs. canned is a much bigger savings than $0.90.

Keeper of our Home said...

Shilah ~

You are right...I don't know what I was thinking. Thank you for pointing that out for me.

~Mrs. M