Posted by: CCT | March 14, 2010

Dry Beans vs. Canned Beans

Dry beans store at least as well as the canned ones, but aren’t stuck in the midst of the BPA (bisphenol-A) “controversy” or “scandal” or whatever you want to call it.  So we decided to do a little research to find out how easy they are to deal with compared to their canned equivalents.  Here’s what one of the dry bean bins at New Seasons had to say about handling/cooking with dry beans:

“Ingredient:  Organic Cannellini Beans (White Kidney Beans).  To Prepare: Wash beans, drain.  Cover with cold water, discard floaters, soak 4-8 hours in a cool place.  Drain, add fresh water to cover plus 2-inches.  Onion and/or other seasonings can be added.  Cover, bring to a boil.  Simmer until soft, approx 30-40 minutes.”  (See pic below)

Not much to it really.  Just put them in water before you leave for work.  And then cook when you get home.  Or… you can crock-pot them with onions and spices as desired, then cook on high for 6-hours while away, and they’ll be ready by the time you get home.  Now some info about BPA (i.e. Bisphenol-A)…


An excerpt from the article above called “Some serious news…“:

Meanwhile, a Yale University medical school research team has come up with some of the most troubling data yet: after injecting African green monkeys for 28 days with BPA at the level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says is safe for people, the researchers found the chemical “causes the loss of connections between brain cells.” “We observed a devastating effect on synapses in the monkey brain,” says Yale scientist Tibor Hajszan. In humans, these losses could lead to memory and learning problems and depression.


BTW - These cannellini beans are really, really good!




  1. […] Precooked legumes can be bought in bottles and cans.  Peas and black-eyed peas are available frozen in bags.  Packaged products are more expensive but save time and energy for cooking.  See More At:  Dry Beans Vs. Canned Beans. […]

  2. […] See also:  Beans – Fast & Easy, and Dry Beans vs. Canned Beans for more general information about beans. Crock pot size needed for this recipe. Three cups of […]

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