I'm not sure why it took me so long to think of this, but several months ago, we started making our own "canned" beans and you don't need a canner or anything.
Here's what you do...
- Save a regular 14-16oz metal can after you've consumed the contents. (While you're at it save the label for fun idea for making kids play food, I'll have up in a week or so on my craft blog.)
- Cook 1-2 or more lbs of beans. You can do this in a crock pot like we talked about last week (But you won't want to cook them quite as long. We want them cooked not mushy this time.) or you can simmer them on the stove. Any package of beans will have cooking directions printed on the bag.
- Once they're cooked. Use a slotted spoon to fill up your saved can a little below the top.
- Dump those "measured" beans in a sandwich sized ziploc.
- Repeat until you've got a bunch of sandwich sized ziplocs filled with healthy, cheap beans.
- Pop them in the freezer. (I usually put all the bags in a gallon size ziploc for extra freezer burn protection and to keep the freezer more organized.