Buying dried beans is so much cheaper than buying canned, it’s almost ridiculous. When you are in a hurry to get dinner on the table, sometimes the canned variety is worth the time savings, but if you have a crock pot meal, you should totally consider swapping dried beans out for canned. They will have plenty of time to cook, and quite literally cost pennies on the dollar to their canned counter-part.
To make the swap, just substitute 3/4 cup of dried beans for each can of beans the recipe calls for. By dinnertime, your beans will be nice and soft.
If you have the beans, beans the magical fruit issue, you may want to soak your beans before tossing them into the crock pot. Just soak them overnight in water, and then, when you are ready to toss them into the crock pot, rinse them well. Drain them. Toss ’em in.
While you are only saving a dollar or two per meal, it will add up over the course of a year.
Saving money is rad.