Everyone knows that beans are a great, cheap source of protein. And they taste great too!
Up until yesterday I've always used canned beans. At $0.89 a can, they seem like an obvious deal. I've conveniently ignored dried beans because, well, they seem so inconvenient.
But really can you call yourself frugal if you don't eat dried beans?
So, I took the plunge!
I pre-soaked them overnight-No biggie. Took all of a minute to rinse the beans and fill the bowl with water.
The next morning I boiled them during breakfast and cleanup. Maybe 30 minutes. (Maybe 40.) Anyway, it was pretty quick and painless. There was nothing to it. Dried beans are EASY too!
I had no idea how much 16 oz of beans ($1.39) would make. NO IDEA. It made 8 cups of garbanzo beans. That is a lot of beans looking at you from the bowl.
I made a big batch of hummus that we have had for lunch for 2 days now. Spread on Pita's with veggies on the side. We still have a bunch left!
This evening I made this super simple salad:
2 (1 lb.) cans chick peas
1/3 c. scallions, chopped
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
1/4 c. olive oil
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. dry mustard
Black pepper to taste
This was so yummy and I had everything on hand to make it. I controlled the urge to put feta into it because I wanted to see how good it was on it's own.
I know $0.89 doesn't seem like a big deal. It isn't too me either. BUT the cost of the dried beans worked out to be roughly 1/2 the cost of the canned. Still not convinced? Would you pay $10 for a steak when you could pay $5? In the name of convenience I don't think there is anything wrong with canned beans but I think I'm going to try a lot more dried beans in the future. Also, I bet of I looked around I could find beans cheaper than $1.39 lb, thus making my savings even greater.