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Old 04-07-2009, 11:57 AM   #1
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Canned vs. Dry Beans

I have a recipe that calls for a 15.5 oz can of white beans. If I want to use dry beans (and hydrate them) what size bag should I get?

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Old 04-07-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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A cup of dry white beans is roughly equal to 2.5 cups of canned. So a one pound bag of beans will give you more than enough.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
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I have a recipe that calls for a 15.5 oz can of white beans. If I want to use dry beans (and hydrate them) what size bag should I get?
I would guess 1/2 pound dried would be greater than 15.5 oz canned

look here Cook's Thesaurus: Dry Beans
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a can of beans has about 1 1/2 cups of beans in it, after you drain it.
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for your recipe that calls for 15.5 oz can of white beans, I'm guessing you will want to soak between 1/3 cup up to 1/2 cup dried beans overnight..
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Thanks, everyone. Mike, that Cook's Thesaurus looks like a good reference.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:21 PM   #8
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Interesting that nobody mentioned that canned beans are "cooked." Rehydrated dried beans are not.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:40 AM   #9
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Which means I should count on having to cook the beans longer than I do when I use canned.
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Depending on the recipe, you may want to cook them first, then add them to the recipe after they are partially or fully cooked.

Dry beans require soaking or pre-cooking before adding to a recipe so you can't follow directions meant for canned beans.
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