How much does it save to buy dried black beans instead of canned? I crunched the numbers to find out.
The cheapest can of organic black beans sells for $1 at Kroger.
A pound of dried organic black beans sells for $1.79 in the bulk bins at Earth Fare.
*I ran the numbers on organic because that’s what I buy. That’s a non-organic can that you see in the picture. I got it for free, so I saved myself a buck and used it as my guinea pig.
Since canned black beans are packed in liquid, I drained the can to see how much you really get.
A: 1-1/2 cups.
When I cook dried beans, I always pack them in pint freezer jars, but I’d never measured to see how much I was ending up with. Turns out that’s 1-1/2 cups, too. Cool!
Now for some bean math:
The last time I bought dried black beans, I paid $2.86. From that I got six cans of beans. That means I’m paying $.48 a can when I cook my own.
Compare that to the $6 that I’d pay for six store-bought cans, and that’s a savings of $4.86 or $.52 a can. So, I get more than twice as much for my money when I cook my own. Nice!
Have a sudden interest in switching to dried beans? Here are some how-tos that I wrote for About.com: