Katie's Healthy Take: Why Should You Cook With Dried Beans?

Sure, it is easy to grab a can of beans, rinse and drain them and toss them into your recipe, but there are several good reasons to stock up on dried beans.

Related To:

dried beans

Sure, it is easy to grab a can of beans, rinse and drain them and toss them into your recipe, but there are several good reasons to stock up on dried beans, which can be easy to prepare as well.

Why choose dried over canned?
  • Dried beans are less expensive
  • There are more varieties of dried beans than canned beans available
  • Most dried beans are free of added sodium and preservatives
  • Cooking dried beans reduces packaging waste
How to buy and store:
  • Buy beans that are similar in shape, color and size (unless you are buying a variety of types in one bag)
  • Store dried beans in a sealed container (zip-lock bag, canister, etc.) in a cool, dark place for up to one year
  • Cooked beans can be stored, sealed, in the refrigerator for up to one week
How to Prepare:
  • Sift through then rinse your beans to remove any pebbles or dirt that may be along for the ride
  • Soak dried beans for several hours or overnight (check the packaging)
  • Once soaked, cook the beans in clean water (not the soaking liquid) per the packaging as cook times vary depending on the bean

*You can cook beans in a heavy duty stock pot (they usually take 1-3 hours), pressure cooker (beans take a quick 5-15 minutes), or a crock pot (cook for 6-8 unattended hours)

Tip: You'll know when your beans are done when you can mash one with your fingers.

Now What? You have cooked a batch of dried beans and the yield is equal to nearly 3 cans of its cooked cousin. The pro, you will be motivated to incorporate this healthy pantry staple into several meals throughout the week.  Here are some recipes to inspire you:

For more information on beans check out this article by Toby.

Next Up

Healthy No-Cook Summer Recipes

It's far too hot to turn on the oven or stove but you can still enjoy a healthy homemade meal with our top no-cook summer recipes.

11 Healthy Foods Men Should Eat More Often

And easy ways to add them into your diet.

Robin's Healthy Take: A Menu for a Fabulous Fourth

Robin Miller's menu for a healthy, festive fourth includes spicy turkey burgers, Asian-slaw, grilled corn and a twist on strawberry shortcake.

Food News: Kids Who Help Cook More Likely to Make Healthy Choices

Kids who lend a hand in the kitchen are more likely to make healthy food choices, according to a recent University of Alberta study.

Is Brown Rice That Much Healthier Than White Rice?

It all depends on which nutrients you're looking at.

Stop Avoiding White Foods in the Name of Health

"Eating the rainbow" includes pasta and potatoes.

How to Eat to Fuel Your Workout

Get the most out of your workout by knowing what to eat when.

Healthy Tips: Using Up Holiday Leftovers

Don't toss holiday leftovers just to avoid more overindulging. Check out Food Network's practical tips and recipes to help reduce waste and space out calories.

Why You Need Omega-3s in Your Diet

Omega-3s have been getting a lot of attention. Find out why you need omega-3s and how to get enough.

How Much Added Sugar Is Too Much Added Sugar?

Spoiler alert: A single can of soda contains more than the new expert recommendation.