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Preventing Gas with Homemade Baked BeansWhen the food shortage started some things were hard to find locally and when they became available they were considerably higher in price. I have made Boston Baked Beans twice. Beans are filling and also a good substitute for meat.

 

A pot of beans soaking in water.

No-Gas BeansBeans are an inexpensive, healthy food. To eliminate most of the gas-causing enzymes, hot soak the beans before you cook them.

 

Make Rice with Chicken Broth

Make Rice with Chicken BrothMake a pot of rice like normal, replacing the water with chicken broth. I used 2 cups of rice in my rice pot. It takes about 20 minutes.

 

Make Rice with Half the Calories

Make Rice with Half the CaloriesScientists have proven that by simply cooking your rice with some coconut oil then cooling, it changes the rice's digestible starch to indigestible starch, which prevents much of the rice from being metabolized into glucose, cutting the calories by about 60%.

 

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Slow Cooker For Dry BeansThis tip is so simple, yet it has saved me many dollars and much time.

 

Cooking Pinto Beans

Cooking Pinto BeansAs a southern gal, I must have pinto beans every now and again cooked by me and not from a can. Since I got old and my hands became arthritic, it was difficult to rinse the beans and lift the slow cooker or large bean pot to pour off the water used for washing.

 

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Crockpot Pintos for Refried BeansMy pinto beans are the best around and the easiest to make. First I rinse the dry beans, getting rid of any dirt or rocks. Then I pop them in my crock pot and add enough water to more than cover the beans.

 

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Homemade Refried BeansOnce you have boiled your beans for 2 1/2 hours, use bacon grease, 1 Tbsp. for 2 cups of beans. To pour the bacon grease, let it warm up, then add your fresh boiled beans with their own juice.

 

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Grind Dry Beans Into Bean FlourBoiling a pot of beans for a long time uses a lot of energy and water, but might even use more beans than each person really needs for the meal. If you grind the beans into a flour when they are dry, it not only stretches the beans more, but is a lot easier to cook with.

 

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Rice Making TipsIf you over-cook rice, just take the top off of the pot and continue cooking it on low. The extra water will evaporate and the rice will become drier.

 

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Add Ham Hock When Cooking Beans and PeasAdd a ham hock to the pot when cooking beans and peas. This brings so much flavor; whether it is fresh vegetables or frozen.

 

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Less Meat, More Beans, Grains and RiceA good way to cut down on your grocery bill is to eat more recipes containing beans, grains and rice instead of meat. Beans, grains and rice are much less expensive per pound than most kinds of meat.

 

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