Who knew that if you cooked one pound of dry black beans, you’d make enough beans to last a family of four for WEEKS?!
My package didn’t say that. When I made these beans during the first week of the pantry challenge, I firmly expected them to be eaten within a week.
Here we are three weeks later and I still have them in my fridge.
Logically, I figured that a 16oz bag of beans would end up making slightly more than a 15oz can of beans. Common sense, right?
Um, no. One 16oz bag of beans makes WAY MORE than one 15oz can of beans. Like, three, if not four times as much.
There should be a petition for manufacturers to provide this disclaimer on all packages of beans because this little tid bit of important information is apparently not that common. Or at least it didn’t make its way out to the West coast. Or the other three members of this family are leaving it up to me to finish the beans.
Frankly, I’m beaned out.
The next time a bag of black beans makes it into my grocery cart (IF a bag of black beans makes it into my cart), there will be a LONG list of recipes for me to choose from for those beans. Or I’m only making a half bag at a time. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll just never buy black beans again.
Which may make it hard to achieve the goal of “eat more beans” this year…
Have beans? Want beans? Need to rid your pantry of beans? Here are a few ideas to get your menu started.
- Pantry Challenge Version: substitute homemade salsa for picante sauce, use 2 cups prepared black beans instead of canned, canned corn instead of fresh, cheddar cheese instead of monterey jack
Bean and Cheese Burritos (or tacos)
- Pantry Challenge Version: in a leftover tortilla (or taco shell), layer prepared tex-mex black bean dip (above), guacamole (optional), homemade salsa (optional), cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro.
Beans and Rice
- Pantry Challenge Version: use plain cooked beans, or tex-mex black bean dip recipe above. Combine with any leftover rice available.
- Pantry Challenge Version: increased black beans to 1 cup**, omitted walnuts and sea salt topping
**Note: The pictures above are the triple chocolate black bean brownies, minus the black beans. I was skeptical about Mr. Crumbs’ willingness to eat brownies with beans in them, so Evil Mrs. Crumbs devised a plan to send him to the store for ice cream and sneak the beans in by pureeing and adding them in before he got back. However, Good Mrs. Crumbs took over and was honest with her husband about the intended plan for the brownies. Mr. Crumbs respectfully requested that the brownies be made without the beans, so they were. If Evil Mrs. Crumbs was able to get away with her plan, she would have increased the beans to 1 cup instead of the 1/4 cup in the original recipe.