"ONE dollar?!" I stood in the aisle of the scratch and dent grocery, my eyes bugging out of my head.
Stacked on the floor were large ten pound bags of pinto beans, with the bright green sticker announcing the incredibly low price of $1.00
Still wondering what I was going to DO with all those beans, I took two bags, talking myself out of three. I may go back and get it. I mean, when was the last time YOU bought dried beans for .10 a pound?
I read an article last week that stated "cheap food is a thing of the past". I have noticed, even at my super thrifty Amish grocery store, that prices are rising. So I am planning ahead, getting ready for our 'meatless Monday meals'. Beans are a great way to accomplish this.
As an aside, keep in mind that if you combine beans and rice (brown rice, preferably organic) that you have a complete protein. Just sayin'.
Back to the beans. Ten pounds of dried beans will come out to 28 pints of canned beans. You heard me right - comes out to 2.8 cents PER JAR! Lids are about .12 cents each. Still at under .15 cents per jar! Wow.
But really, 28 pints of plan beans? B.O.R.I.N.G.....
Ah, in comes my trusty Amish cookbook. How about canning beans with molasses sauce? Or with tomato sauce? Add some cut up hot dogs and process according to meat times and voila - you have dinner!
Check out some links with recipes for canning dried beans:
'Baked' Beans with Pork - Note - When I make this, I will skip the actual 'baking' and layer the jars - beans (1/2 jar full), meat, sauce.
Beans with Molasses or Tomato Sauce