Having a dull canning moment..is it really worth it??

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Momagain1, May 15, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    I got a pd of dried beans for 99c (1.07 w/tax)...
    so for 4 pds of dried beans I paid $4.28

    I got 17 jars worth...
    takes it to about 28c a jar...

    I only saved about $5.10 if I were to buy it off the shelf on sale...

    me and my humdrum head is going is it REALLY worth it???
    beans arent that much work...soak them overnight..takes 2 min of work...
    rinse/fresh water in stockpot; boil 30 min...takes 2 min to rinse & add water and turn on stove...
    takes 15 min to put in the jars and ladle hot cooking "broth" into it...another couple minutes to
    put them in the pressure canner and turn on...

    about 1/2 hr later put the weights on..20 seconds...and every once ina while glance at
    pressure gauge to make sure the pressure is holding steady...

    then take out of canner...

    its not a lot of work..but is it worth it??

    maybe if there was a bulk place in town or nearby where i could buy 10 lbs of beans for like $5 or something...
    but when I have to pay grocery store prices on dried beans...???

    now..I have 10 lbs of black beans to do in the next few days...and I'm really feeling dumb for thinking
    it was beneficial! someone help me realize the benefits here...its gotta be worth it right?
  2. caspernc

    caspernc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Z town NC
    Less salt or any other additives that are added? You know what is in your beans.
  3. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    Atwater, CA
    I think it is. Sure, you can get canned tomatoes for next to nothing, but it's so satisfying to open a jar of your own, and knowing what went in there. That doesn't even account for the things that you can't really buy commercially - where are you going to get your candied jalapenos? Where would I get Brandywine pizza sauce? Or the best chicken stock ever?

    I do love to look at the jars all lined up in my pantry too. It's a rewarding hobby, as far as I'm concerned.
  4. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    My canned beans taste better, look pretty and are ready in a snap after a hard day at work. I was always buying dried beans but mostly forgetting to plan ahead to cook them unless I was home all day. So I was buying various canned beans. It is also nice to have pintos one night and not have to figure out what to do with the rest of them over the next few days.

    When you figure your savings are you comparing it to cooking dried beans? I compared mine to buying canned beans and the price of a can of beans around here is .75 to $1 for a can. I bought my dried ones on sale. I don't remember the calculations but I know I saved much more than $5.

    A favorite "I'm hungry but tired meal": boiled eggs, pinto beans, cornbread and a leafy green such as cabbage, spinach or kale served with milk. Quick and yummy but chocked full of nutrients.
  5. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    walmart has their canned beans 58c a can...

    everywhere else is 79c to $1.15
  6. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    What about the cost of the flats and the electricity or gas to cook and can them?

    I grow a garden and put up my produce and raise chickens because I enjoy it, not to save any money.

    Canning dried beans wouldn't be worth doing to me but that's just me.
  7. alabama49

    alabama49 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    east central Alabama
    I don't understand the concept of canning dried beans. I mean all you have to do is cook extra when you cook a pot of beans then freeze what you don't have with your meal. We always can stuff that is perishable like fresh veggies & fruits, but dried beans? I would think dried beans will last alot longer than canned ones as far as shelf life.
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  8. walnuthollow

    walnuthollow Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2010
    I would say it is definitely worth it. 1. You know what you're eating and 2. What if things get bad and you couldn't buy beans? There is alway those possibilities with the crazy weather we've been having. It's nice to know that if times get tough your family wouldn't go hungry.
  9. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    have any amish stores where you can buy in bulk? I always fund cheaper prices in Bulk food stores. I have never canned beans but would like to try sometime.

    Edited to say...

    Canning them saves you time for when you have to go to the store. I never have my dried bean soaked in time to cook. I always forget to plan ahead. I can imagine that chili would taste so much better if I could actually say that everything that went into it I canned/raised myself. That would just be awesome. and satisfying.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I'm not going to be real encouraging here. To me, canning dried beans is not worth it. The only advantage is that they are precooked. How much that is worth to you in convenience is something for you to decide. I usually use my pressure cooker (not pressure canner) and do a quick soak, so for me the precooked is not a huge convenience. It may be for you.

    I grow my own dried beans, the black turtle beans because my wife likes them. I also let most of my Blue Lakes go to seed after I have all the green beans canned I want, just keeping a few picked to eat on. I'd personally not grow dried beans and just buy them in bulk at the store, but my wife likes them. I just don't think the time to grow and harvest them is worth it considering quantity and difference in quality, but my wife wants them so I do it. Once I get them hulled, I just put them in a zip loc type bag in the freezer. Freezing them preserves any that are not quite dry, plus it kills any weevils or any other creepy crawlie that might be in them.

    We have our own special meals for when we are tired or in a hurry. Precooked beans do not enter into those meals. To me, the only real advantage to canning dried beans is convenience, and that is purely personal preference.

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