I love it when I hit on something big when it comes to saving money. It energizes me! Thrills me! Yeah, it's a bit nerdy but I'm ok with that.
I was reading Michelle's blog at Leaving Excess and she was talking about buying dried beans and how much money it saves.
I knew that. And I do it. But alot of times I forget to soak and cook them and I don't have any ready to go when a recipe calls for it. But she mentioned that she takes the time to soak and cook them, and then stores them in her freezer in 1 1/2 cup "can" sizes so they are always ready to use.
So simple! So Genius!
So last night I pulled out every bag of beans in my cupboard. No more excuses. I soaked them and then boiled them up this morning. And this very minute I'm scooping them into freezer bags. Never again will I be without beans for my last minute recipes.
So what's the cost breakdown? Just how much money will you save? (Hold onto your hats.)
One 1 pound bag of beans is usually about $.50. When cooked up I had 4 "cans" worth of beans. I figure canned beans usually cost me $.79 at my local discount store.
4 Store bought cans - $3.16
4 Dried "cans" - $.50