Then my mother-in-law brought over a squirrel for me to process. Meanwhile I went through the lengthy process it takes to can dried black beans. Bring huge pot of beans to a boil, let soak for an hour. Bring back up to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Prepare jars, boil water to cover the beans, etc.
I ended up canning 17 pints of black beans. Amazingly we burn through them pretty quickly since we put them on nachos, in soups, in cold bean salads, etc. Whew!
So now I'm ready to kick back on the couch with a cold glass of whiskey and relax. Ahhh...
But FIRST! Let's figure out if canning your own black beans is cheaper then buying them in the store.
Store Bought Black Beans:
Can of black beans = approximately 99¢
Organic black beans = approximately $1.99
Homemade Organic Black Beans:
Jars = free from family / neighbors
Lids = $1.69 per pack of 12 (14¢ per lid)
4.41 lbs of organic black beans = $7.89
TOTAL = $10.27 / 17 cans, or 60¢ per can
So I now have organic black beans at a FRACTION of the cost they would be from the store. WHOO HOO! I don't know about you, but that feels like a total win to me. :-)
Now for that drink...