When I was young and I used to think of hippies, I used to picture people soaking beans on their counter top and pressing their own tofu.
Guilty as charged. I am officially a hippie girl!
And you know what? Why not soak your own beans? It's a simple process that is healthier (no added sodium!) and more economical. It takes a wee bit of planning, but it's worth it because one bag of dried beans make a TON!
Start by giving them a good rinse in a colander.
I like to add one or two of these for a little kick.
Pour your beans into the crockpot and cover with water.
I obviously went a little nuts and make pinto...
Chick peas (garbanzo)
And these are the 5 bags (2 cups per bag) of the black beans, placed in freezer bags. Next time I need a quick dinner, I'll just put some over brown rice, toss a salad and call it a day :)
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!