Thursday, June 25, 2015

One Simple Thing-Easy Beans

We love finding ways to simplify our lives.
What could be better than having someone something else do the cooking?

In this case, we employ our crockpot to cook our beans.
The crockpot is a great way to keep the heat out of your kitchen in the summer.
Just add the beans, throw in a bay leaf or two, a bit of salt, add water,
and place it on low overnight.
(They can also be simmered during the day,
while tending to other things.)
Drain them the next morning (save the water for the garden),
and you're ready to go!

Having beans at the ready makes preparing meals so much easier.
They can be added to soups, stews, burgers, burritos and so much more.
They are loaded with fiber, minerals and protein,
and a great choice for meatless meals.
To get double duty from the crockpot,
after draining them, add them back to the crockpot with salsa or barbecue sauce
and heat them through.

We do a big batch every couple of weeks,
so they are ready to toss into any dish.
Since we scratch cook,
they are a wonderful addition to most anything we make.
The date and type is added to the container,
which makes it easy to see what's available 
without opening the bin.

Having cooked beans in the freezer just makes sense.
It takes so little time cooking them this way,
that they practically cook themselves!
Whatcha waitin' for?
Get slow cookin'!

One Simple Thing

Other posts on beans:

We're Fulla Beans
Belly Fillin' Beans
White Bean Ragout 

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop


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