In order to substitute dry beans for canned, here's a handy fact list to remind you of the various relationships between dry, cooked and canned beans:
- Dry beans expand to about 2-1/2 times their original size when soaked.
- A one-pound package of dry beans equals about 2 cups dry, or 5-6 cups cooked.
- One 15 ounce can (drained) equals about 1-2/3 cups cooked beans.
- 2/3 cup of dry beans cooks up to 1 can of cooked beans.
I usually cook 1-3 pound of beans at a time. Any beans I don't need for a recipe, I freeze in 15 oz. can amounts. Pull them out of the freezer the night before and they'll be ready when it's time to make dinner. Delicious, nutritious, and economical!