Dried Beans

It’s always a good idea to have dried beans on hand. They are an affordable source of protein, iron, vitamins and fill you up. Canned products offer convenience but dried beans offer volume. One sixteen ounce bag of dried kidney beans yields 13 servings. One can of kidney beans yields about 3 servings.

There are many varieties of dried beans available including:

Chickpeas

Lentils

Kidney Beans

Red Beans

Black Beans

Pinto Beans

Navy Beans

Split Peas

Some dried beans do take preparation, but since many of us are homebound with the threat of the virus, we now have time to learn new cooking techniques. Each bag of beans will include preparation directions.

Red beans and kidney beans take more time to prepare than lentils.

To prepare 1/2 lb. dried red beans, add the beans to 3 to 4 cups of hot water. Boil 2 minutes, then set aside for one hour. Another option is to let the beans stand in 3 to 4 cups cold water overnight. Then follow your recipe to continue cooking the beans.

Lentils on the other hand cook quickly; about 15 minutes for two cups.

TIPS:

Always remember to rinse your beans and inspect them for any debris that may have slipped in during packaging. Some people have trouble digesting beans so be sure to soak them and cook them thoroughly.