Bean Conversions, How Much: Canned Beans vs. Cooked Beans

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  • If you just really want to save TIME, cook with CANNED beans.
  • If you want to save $$$, cook with DRY beans. 
  • If you want better nutrition and less sodium, cook with DRY. 
  • If you want to cook beans in no time, pressure-cook DRY beans.
  • If you have plenty of time, slow-cook DRY beans. 

How Much: Canned Beans vs. Cooked Beans
1 (15 to 15.5-oz) can = 1 1/2 cups cooked beans
1 (19-oz) can = 2 1/4 cups cooked beans

1 (28-oz) can = 3 – 3 1/4 cups cooked beans

Yields After Cooking Beans* & Lentils: (drained)
1/3 cup dry beans = 1 cup cooked beans
1/2 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 1 1/2 cups cooked beans
2/3 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 2 cups cooked beans
1 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 3 cups cooked beans

1 lb dry beans = about 2 cups dry beans
1 lb dry beans = 4 (15-oz) cans, drained = 3 cups cooked
1 lb dry beans = 2 (29-oz) cans, drained = 6 cups cooked

Lentils: 1 cup dried lentils = 3 cups cooked

*Chickpeas: (Actually are beans), and Alton Brown has several great tips on cooking them, same goes for beans.

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