Buyers Guide: Canned Beans
Cooking beans can seem like a daunting task. It involves soaking, stove monitoring, and it’s straight up time-consuming.
Even though it’s cheaper and tastier to cook your own legumes – canned beans are a good alternative. Here are a few of my shopping tips when buying canned beans. Put these babies in your basket.
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Whenever deciding between two bean brands – flip it over to the back of the can. Don’t readily believe “low sodium” claims on the front packaging. Nutrition labels are truly the only way to know what’s in the can. Compare the percentage of sodium per serving – less is best.
Lose the Lard
I always choose the vegetarian option when it comes to baked or refried beans. I’m not down with my #vegan legumes getting cooked in pork fat or other nasty animal ingredients. The only way to be sure if your beans are animal free is to check the ingredient list. That list doesn’t lie.
I understand it may not be economical to swing these next two pieces of advice, but if you can afford to buy BPA free, then do it. There are several brands that have removed their BPA linings, if they have gone through the trouble to remove it, companies will without a doubt let you know on their packaging.
I’ll pass on the pesticides.
Eating Canned Beans
If you are regularly eating canned beans it’s important you rinse off the salt laden liquid. You can reduce up to half of the sodium in the can just by giving them a quick rinse. After you open a can of beans they must be stored in the fridge. Put any leftovers in an airtight container and store them for up to a week in the fridge. Beans are good for you – they shouldn’t even last that long ??