Now you may think that trying to save money on legumes may take penny-pinching to a whole new level but look at these prices. It used to be buying a can of beans over $1 was unheard of but now even on sale, black beans are over a $1!
Reg took me to the Bulk Barn where I strategically bought things that are hard to find: smoked paprika, pure orange zest and pure almond extract on top of a nice big bag of black beans. Combined this cost $13 and the black beans were only $3.
You know I have been testing my crockpot to see if it is worth keeping in my kitchen. I figured if it helps me save money, time and effort by doing a great job with dried legumes, it would finally prove its worth.
I soaked my dried black beans overnight in a big bowl of water.
I rinsed them well, put them in my crockpot and again covered them with water. I started them on high for the first two hours or so, then brought the temperature down to low for at least four hours. That is one nice thing about a crockpot, you can just forget about it which I am very good at doing.
They turned out beautiful! And this was just a small portion of the beans I bought.
Earlier this summer I made my own stovetop-cooked chickpeas. I could not believe how much cooking them on the stove heated up my kitchen.
I loved that they tasted so much better than the canned ones which I have always had issues with. So this won me over and saving money at the same time?!!
I have done red kidney beans both on the stove and the crockpot. The slow cooked may have a tendency to make beans a little mushier because you might overcook them a bit but that is much better than under cooking them, if you ask me.
I love that I can do a large batch in the crockpot with very little effort and zero heating up of my kitchen. When they are done, I can divvy them up and freeze them in quantifies that work for me. Does it save me money? Yes, I believe so. Even better, I just feel the beans are cleaner and healthier this way than buying canned.
So my cute little crockpot, you have earned your spot in my kitchen. No more testing, you can just sit there happily at home on my shelf until I have more legumes to make!