How to Easily Make All-Natural Beans in 5 Steps

In our how to easily make all-natural beans in 5 steps, you will learn just that. It’s simple and stress-free. These healthy beans can be refrigerated and used for various meals throughout the week.

Are canned beans healthier than dried?

Dried beans are healthier than canned beans.


“Most foods processed into cans, including beans, are significantly higher in sodium than their fresh counterparts was said by Blogger SFGate .

Should we care at all about this? YES! The more sodium intake, the higher your blood pressure and the more likely you are to experience a heart-attack!

Are dried beans worth the effort?

Absolutely!

Read more about sodium and it’s impacts on the blog, SFGate.

Sodium intake is absolutely important and we can regulate that intake by avoiding foods that contain sodium, such as canned beans.

Eating fresh foods, including dried beans, is a great alternative.

Some believe you should soak the beans prior to cooking.

What happens if you don’t soak dry beans before cooking?

The dry beans may take longer to cook if you do not soak.

Additionally, you may not fully remove “the indigestible complex sugars that cause gas” on the beans.

We don’t soak our beans, we just rinse right before cooking the beans.

Did you know that if you rinse canned beans, you are removing a lot of the sodium contained inside of the can and on the beans?

Nevertheless, unless we are in a rush, in our family, we prefer to make homemade beans to eat throughout the week.

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What are the two ways to cook dried beans?

  1. A. A crockpot-takes longer for the beans to cook ( about 4-5 hours) but you don’t have to keep checking up on them very often.
  2. B. A pot on the stove-takes shorter time for the beans to cook, but you do have to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t dry-up the water too much and then burn.

My preferred method- Either, depends on what my day is like and how much time I have!

Step by step how to easily make all-natural beans in 5 steps: the crockpot method.

Step 1

Rinse and drain the uncooked beans.

Step 2

Add the beans to a water-filled crockpot. Make sure the water is filled more than double the beans you add in your crockpot. Make sure to add a lot of water, as the beans will soak up a lot of water(you don’t want them to burn while you are away)!

Step 3

Check up on the beans once or twice. If they start looking like this next picture, or if they are looking too dried up(with little to no water left), pinch the beans with a fork. If the beans are still hard( not fully cooked) then add more water into the crockpot.

Step 4

Continue this process of pinching the beans with a fork and then adding water if necessary until the beans get soft. You will know they are soft and cooked after you pinch them with a fork.

Step 5

(optional step) Once the beans are soft, turn off the crockpot and mash the beans with a masher, until they look like the following picture.

Step by step how to easily make all-natural beans in 5 steps: the stove-top method.

Step 1

Rinse and drain the uncooked beans.

Step 2

Add the beans to a water-filled pot. Make sure the water is filled more than double the beans you add in your pot. Make sure to add a lot of water, as the beans will soak up a lot of water(you don’t want them to burn)!

Step 3

Check up on the beans several times. If they start looking like this next picture, or if they are looking too dried up(with little to no water left), pinch the beans with a fork. If the beans are still hard( not fully cooked) then add more water into the pot.

Step 4

Continue this process of pinching the beans with a fork and then adding water if necessary until the beans get soft. You will know they are soft and cooked after you pinch them with a fork.

Step 5

(optional step) Once the beans are soft, turn off the stove-top and mash the beans with a masher, until they look like the following picture:

Tips for how to easily make all-natural beans in 5 steps

  • If you make a large quantity of beans, you will have beans for several meals- all heart-healthy, all-natural, protein options for you and for your family!
  • Keep the beans refrigerated. If you need them for a longer period of time, or if you made too many, freeze them and then warm them up when you need!
  • Add salt to the beans as desired.

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Cooking tools we recommend for making all-natural dry beans

How to Easily Make All-Natural Beans in 5 Steps

Healthy. Natural. Simple.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword beans, how to easily make beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Author www.mommylair.com

Instructions

  1. How to Easily Make All-Natural Beans in 5 Steps: The Crockpot Method.

    1. Rinse and drain the uncooked beans. We recommend black beans or kidney beans.

    2. Add the beans to a water-filled crockpot. Make sure the water is filled more than double the beans you add in your crockpot. Make sure to add a lot of water, as the beans will soak up a lot of water (you don't want them to burn while you are away)!

    3. Check up on the beans once or twice. If they are looking too dried up(with little to no water left), pinch the beans with a fork. If the beans are still hard ( not fully cooked) then add more water into the crockpot.

    4. Continue this process of pinching the beans with a fork and then adding water if necessary until the beans get soft. You will know they are soft and cooked after you pinch them with a fork.

    5.(optional step) Once the beans are soft, turn off the crockpot and mash the beans with a masher. Add salt as needed for taste.

  2. How to Easily Make All-Natural Beans in 5 Steps: The Stove-Top Method.

    1. Rinse and drain the uncooked beans.

    2. Add the beans to a water-filled pot. Make sure the water is filled more than double the beans you add in your pot. Make sure to add a lot of water, as the beans will soak up a lot of water (you don't want them to burn)!

    3. Check up on the beans several times. If they are looking too dried up (with little to no water left), pinch the beans with a fork. If the beans are still hard (not fully cooked) then add more water into the pot.

    4. Continue this process of pinching the beans with a fork and then adding water if necessary until the beans get soft. You will know they are soft and cooked after you pinch them with a fork.

    5. (optional step) Once the beans are soft, turn off the stove-top and mash the beans with a masher. Add salt as needed for taste.

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