You can make quick meals, such as homemade bean burritos, by learning how to freeze beans for later.
Precooked beans are easy to heat up for a quick, homemade side dish.
Photo by Fotolia/voltan
Homemade burritos are a favorite in our home. But by the time I think about dinner, it’s often too late for even the quick-soak method for cooking beans. Canned beans are a last-minute option, but the higher price compared with bulk dry beans deters me.
I learned how to freeze beans and it’s been a great alternative. I make a big batch of beans once a month. After they’re cooked and have cooled, I freeze the beans in storage bags. If I have extra time, I will pre-freeze the cooked beans on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes before bagging. This optional step prevents them from sticking together. When it’s time for dinner, I break off a frozen chunk and heat it up. With a little planning, homemade beans are ready in minutes instead of hours!
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.LEARN MORE