Yeah, I would like to know too. Have started thinking about making my own refried beans and using beans more but since it's just me and hubby, we wouldn't be able to use all the beans unless we eat beans for several days.
I've made big pots of bean/ham soup and chilli. They freeze really well and taste fine once thawed.
I just did up a crock pot batch of refried beans this weekend! We go through them like crazy. I freeze them in my food saver bags, then toss them in the fridge in the morning and reheat in the evening and they are delicious! Here is the recipe that I use to make my refried beans Instant Refried Beans Mix I just throw the ingredients in the crockpot (I don't grind the beans up, do that after they have cooked) and add water, leave it on for most of the day, blend them up, then package it up into serving sized bags.
Forgot wanted to add that I have also being boiling up the dried kidney beans and tossing them in the freezer also. Have really saved a lot of money doing this over buying the canned ones and they taste fresher and much better in a chili or salad.
I fill the crock pot to about two inches above the beans and then check on it throughout the day to see if I need to add a little more or not. Tastes as great as the canned versions but for a fraction of the cost.
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