I used to buy canned beans all the time. I'd throw them into soup, chili, taco meat, all kinds of stuff. Cans are so convenient that I never wanted to bother with buying and cooking dry beans...until I realized how easy and convenient dry beans could be, not to mention CHEAP!
So here's whatcha do:
- Start with a bag of whatever kind of beans you want (I prefer to always have pinto and black beans on hand)
- Rinse the beans and place in a crockpot with plenty of extra room for the beans to expand
- Cover with lots of water, about three times as much water as beans
- Cook in crockpot on low for 8-10 hours
- Separate into containers or ziploc bags (I separate mine into approximate 1-can sizes)
- A 2 lb bag makes about 8 "cans"
- Cool and freeze!
- When ready to use, I sometimes thaw the beans out in the fridge the day before, but I've had no problems putting them straight from the freezer into a crockpot or pot on the stove.