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#1 Old 10-29-2005, 05:13 AM
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Which do you prefer?



Which do you use most often?
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#2 Old 10-29-2005, 09:01 AM
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i use canned almost exclusively. it's just easier. i work a lot and don't have as much time to prepare food as i would like so, there you go.
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#3 Old 10-29-2005, 12:26 PM
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Same here. And I just don't know how to cook dried beans, as stupid as that sounds, so I've never tried. Except for split peas for soup.
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#4 Old 10-29-2005, 12:28 PM
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I use both, but there isn't a poll option for that. I like dried beans better in most cases, but the preparation is much more time-consuming, so I also use canned beans a lot.
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#5 Old 10-29-2005, 01:29 PM
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I mainly used canned beans, but I use dried lentils.
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I would love to cook my own dried beans, but unfortunately I left my pressure cooker at my parents' house and it can be a bother boiling them for 2 hours in a regular pot. So, I use canned ones, and I do appreciate how easy it is!!
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i use canned almost exclusively. it's just easier. i work a lot and don't have as much time to prepare food as i would like so, there you go.

Same here, it's just so much easier. And I know some people buy dry because they're cheaper, but around here they're about the same price I think, so I just get the canned.
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#8 Old 10-29-2005, 03:26 PM
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I'm with inie- I use both but I prefer dried because they are cheaper. I cook mine in a slow cooker (soak overnight and change water and cook during the day when I'm at school). I make a huge batch and then freeze whatever I don't eat. That way I always have beans around. Yumm!
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Yeah, no poll option for "both".. however I almost always use dried.



(mazikeen - it's nice to see at least ONE other person here who uses a pressure cooker for beans, I swear people think I'm crazy every time I bring it up...)



I cook big pots full and freeze in samller containers for future use.



However, I don't always get many left to freeze - with three hungry kids in the house, we go through a huge pot of beans in no time... I'd definitely go broke trying to buy that many cans of beans!!

Around here, the cans are more expensive - plus I buy my beans in huge 25 Lb. bags and store in bulk bins in my garage... that makes them just pennies per pot-full - a huge savings for me...



My kids do have the occasional can of beans when they want a quick after-school meal or snack...
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#10 Old 10-29-2005, 04:21 PM
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I mainly used canned beans, but I use dried lentils.



Same here. There's just no point in buying canned lentils since they need no soaking. As for other beans, I have to say I'm way too lazy to cook my own. I do think dried are better though, especially chickpeas.
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I recently switched to dried, and they just taste SO much better. There's really no comparison. I use canned once in a while now, if I'm at the grocery store and I want something to make as soon as I get home. Maybe twice a month.



I used to think it would be too much work, but soaking them the night before takes three minutes of work MAX, and I just go and do other things while they're cooking on the stove. It's really not much more work at all.
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i can't plan ahead to soak dried beans, so i almost always use canned. also, dried beans give me gas, even cooked with kombu, and canned beans don't.
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I don't plan my meals ahead of time enough to use dried, and I'm just lazy
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I'm another "both," but I use canned somehwat more often than dried. I don't have a pressure cooker, so dried takes a bit more planning. Canned are just so easy to whip out, and it's just two of us at home.
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I'm another "both," but I use canned somewhat more often than dried. I don't have a pressure cooker, so dried takes a bit more planning. Canned are just so easy to whip out, and it's just two of us at home.
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Canned. I share a kitchen with a very sloppy, messy omnivore and there's no way I'm leaving beans soaking with him using the kitchen. No telling what would end up in there.
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I prefer to use dried, but I stock up on cans when they're on sale so I'll have them. I use beans primarily in slow cooking type soups, so its really no big deal to cook them as part of soup preparation.
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I use both. Dried when I prepare and have time and canned for a quick fix.
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Canned beans here, I am the only one here and I really don't have any storage room in the fridge or freezer plus I never plan ahead.
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I use both, but find it a lot easer to use canned. It was a sad day when I found my used-to-be favorite spiced canned beans had added chicken fat. Now, I make my own that taste exactly like them without the chicken fat.
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(mazikeen - it's nice to see at least ONE other person here who uses a pressure cooker for beans, I swear people think I'm crazy every time I bring it up..)



Really??? Isn't that what pressure cookers are for? Well, you could ask these people how THEY cook their beans. Probably never have beans, I'd bet.
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I recently started cooking dried beans with a new (to me) slow bake method. I found it in my roommates cook book. It is easier than boiling and doesn't require a pre soak. Now I can actually afford organic beans, since the dried variety cuts cost. My local CO-OP has bulk bins so I go for many at a time and freeze them.
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i can't plan ahead to soak dried beans, so i almost always use canned. also, dried beans give me gas, even cooked with kombu, and canned beans don't.



Have you tried draining the soaking water, and thoroughly rinsing the beans?



The water from the overnight soak is known as the "fart-water". Dispensing of it usually eliminates any problem.
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Have you tried draining the soaking water, and thoroughly rinsing the beans?



The water from the overnight soak is known as the "fart-water". Dispensing of it usually eliminates any problem.

i rinse them and never cook them in the soaking water, plus use kombu.
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i rinse them and never cook them in the soaking water, plus use kombu.



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Really??? Isn't that what pressure cookers are for? Well, you could ask these people how THEY cook their beans. Probably never have beans, I'd bet.



Well, as the results of this thread would indicate - most people obviously aren't using a pressure cooker - as the phrase "don't have time" seems to crop up a lot... I do identify with that time crunch - I usually have 1/2 hour or less to make a complete and nutritious dinner for myself and three very hungry kids... that's why I my pressure cooker...



If I lived alone I would use it less, I am sure - I only have so much room in my freezer, and it makes a LOT of beans...
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I use canned as I'm lazy. Need to organise myself better!
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I recently switched to dried, and they just taste SO much better. There's really no comparison. I use canned once in a while now, if I'm at the grocery store and I want something to make as soon as I get home. Maybe twice a month.



I used to think it would be too much work, but soaking them the night before takes three minutes of work MAX, and I just go and do other things while they're cooking on the stove. It's really not much more work at all.



I'm with MollyGoat here. The taste is just so much better with dried beans - and I believe that they are far superior in quality too. I am anyway extremely suspicious of anything that comes in a tin.



It's just a question of organisation and I usually make loads and loads and deep-freeze the rest so they're ready when I need them (which reminds me, I need to go and take some out right now if I want them to be unfrozen for my lunch.) I use the pressure cooker to cook them which saves on electricity bills as well as time.



PRESSURE COOKERS ROCK!!!!!
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I prefer the taste and texture of dried beans, but I've always used both. Now that I'm a full-time student again, I use mostly dried because they're cheaper and I just keep a couple cans of chickpeas and kidney beans around for emergencies. When I worked full-time, I often didn't have time or didn't want to deal with dried beans, but I have much more unscheduled time now. On a slightly unrelated topic, I have yet to find either form of black beans here (NZ). I'd rather have dried, but I'll take canned at this point!
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I think I buy mostly canned, but sometimes dry beans.
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