I bought a new pack of pint sized mason jars and washed them in the dishwasher over night while I slept. I also cooked my beans in the crockpot overnight while I slept. Everything was ready for me to assemble and freeze in the morning when I woke up!
The trick is being prepared. That’s what makes it so easy. Have your jars clean and ready to go when the beans are done cooking and when you’re ready to store them. The thing that always gets me and causes me to waste is when I have bulk items or leftovers that I’m not prepared to store. They end up in Tupperware in the fridge and I forget about them until they’re spoiled. Have a plan!! Being organized is key.
I don’t use a recipe to cook my beans in the crock. I just soak them in a bowl during the day when I’m at work, then put them in the crock on low all night while I sleep. I don’t really measure, I just eyeball what looks like 3-4 cups of beans and 2 tbsp salt. You can always season to taste when you unthaw them for whatever dish you make later! (Just don’t over salt them.)
It’s so easy when you have a plan and have your supplies on hand. This method will help me reduce my canned bean waste and will save a lot of money in the long run. Not to mention, it’s so useful to stock up on freezer food. When you stick up on ingredients you have more options on hand, which helps cut out the take-out waste when you can’t think of what to make or haven’t been to the store.
Next up I’m going to try crock pot refried beans! I’ll let you know how that goes.