If you're trying to save money and reduce your exposure to BPA, buying organic bulk beans instead of canned is a good idea. Unless you're making lentils, dried beans require some planning and lots of (passive) cooking time but making them isn't hard. Here's how:
- Before bed, decide you want to eat beans tomorrow night.
- Measure out how much dry beans you want to prepare, keeping in mind you'll have about 3 times the volume of beans once they are cooked.
- Pour beans on a plate. Pick out stones, funky looking beans, and whatever other debris might be in there.
- Rinse beans in a colander.
- Put beans in the pot you'll cook them in and cover with lots of water (about 4 times as much water as you have beans). Soak overnight.