Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart.  Canned or dried? They’re both pretty smart.

Talk about identity crisis. Many people (including us) generally refer to all seeds which grow in pods as beans, but in fact they are legumes. And legumes are a large class of vegetables which include the categories of beans, peas and lentils. They are also some of the most nutritious and versatile foods around. They are usually low in fat, have no cholesterol and are high in fiber and many essential vitamins and minerals. Added bonus…they are pretty economical.

We believe that anyway you choose to incorporate legumes into your diet is a good way. However, when trying to decide on canned versus dried legumes, here are a few differences to consider.  We think you’ll see that our preference is clear.

  Canned  Dried
ConvenientNot inconvenient
CheapEven cheaper
Usually contain a lot of saltYou are the master of the salt shaker
More waste (think can)Less waste (think small plastic bag…or no waste if you buy from a bulk store)
Lots of optionsUsually, a lot more options
Can sometimes be mushyIf you cook them properly…never mushy
What the heck is that slime at the bottom of the can?What can?
Belongs in the pantrySo pretty they can be stored in glass jars and displayed in your kitchen
Good for eatingGood for eating, for children’s art projects, for filling empty toilet paper rolls and making maracas, and for using as weights when blind baking pie shells.