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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Beans, Beans the Wonderful Fruit!

As I type this, I have two types of beans cooking on the stove in preparation for 4 Bean Chili (and Chili Dip, and Chili Manicotti). The recipe calls for canned beans, but dry is so much more economical that I use them whenever I can.

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!


  1. I've always wondered what the "exchange rate" was. I usually just wing it. Dried beans are healthier too because they don't have the artificial preservatives and junk in them.

  2. Now I'm singing the song!! Thanks man! :)

  3. great lesson! :) Very interesting. going to use this never new the conversion or amounts to use.

  4. Thanks for this.. I have been thinking about preparing more beans as they are actually affordable these days :)