After several months of using home-canned dried beans, here's the scoop: They are wonderful! They are handy, efficient, nutritious, and Yuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmy. When comparing home-canned beans to store bought beans, the home-canned beans outshine the store bought version in every area.
I really wish I had a cost comparison all figured out to share, but I don't. This right-brained girl shuts down on things like that. It will take me a while to put one together too. (Perhaps a future post in the making) What I do know is that while some would have the investment of jars, lids, rings, and a pressure cooker, everything except the lids can be used time and time again. So technically, the initial investment more than pays for itself over time. Not only that, any leftover supplies and the pressure cooker can be used in the canning of other products, even nuts can be canned. Can someone say Christmas presents? (That's another post for the future)
OK, let's sum this home-canned dried bean experience up.
- Taste - superior
- Convenience - superior
- Nutrition - superior
- Cost - super economical
- Investment - extremely worthwhile
- Total experience - satisfactory in every way