Scratch Challenge – Beans

Starting this month, I am going to challenge you to make a new food at home that you would usually buy at the store. We’ll explore how to create food and what you can use it for.

This month I challenge you to make beans at home.

Scratch Challenge - BeansWhen you’re making chili or baked beans or refried beans or hummus do you typically go to the grocery store, buy a can and use that in your dish?

Would you like to create a new habit that saves you money, is easy, and cuts out all the unnecessary chemicals of canned beans? THEN JOIN ME!

As we go through the different challenges, I welcome you to share your experiences, troubles and successes with me on my facebook page!

How do you cook beans from scratch?

Beans From Scratch
An easy adaptable recipe to make beans from scratch in your crockpot.
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  1. 2 cups dried beans (black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, etc)
  2. 6 cups water
  3. 1 Tbsp oil (olive oil, coconut oil, or even grass-fed butter)
  4. large pinch of salt
  1. The night before you want the beans cooked, place the beans in a slow cooker or bowl. Add in enough water to cover the beans and place the lid on the pot. Let sit overnight. (8 - 10 hours)
  2. The next morning, drain the water out of the crockpot and add in a fresh 6 cups of water, salt and oil.
  3. Cook for 3-4 hours on high.
  4. Taste the beans. If you like a softer bean, turn to warm or low for some additional time, until they are the desired softness.
  5. Store the beans in a little of the bean broth and use in your favorite recipes!
  6. AND DON’T THROW AWAY THE REST OF THE BEAN BROTH. It is great to add to soups and other recipes as a vegetarian stock. It adds a thickness and an extra layer of flavor.
Stacey Bennett
So make some beans today and let me know how it goes!

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  1. Sarah - June 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm Reply

    I love this challenge! I usually cook beans from scratch these days (it’s cheaper, and I’m not a fan of BPA lining), but when I don’t plan ahead, I’ll grab some Eden’s from work. I definitely want to start planning ahead more so I always have beans on hand for meals and hummus!
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