We never buy canned beans anymore. We cook our own, from dry, in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
It’s super easy – here’s how to do it.
Start with a pound of dry black beans – about 2 cups.
You’ll also need 5 cups of vegetable broth or water.
We make our own vegetable broth (also in an Instant Pot) and freeze it in pre-measured sizes.
You can also add a tablespoon of olive oil, a bay leaf and 2 or 3 cloves of garlic. These are optional but the oil helps to stop the beans from foaming and we just like the flavor the garlic and bay leaf add.
Note: You can also add a little cumin. We like to do that if we plan to use the black beans in Mexican recipes.
Put everything in the inner liner of your Instant Pot. Yes, you can put the broth in frozen if you want. It’ll just take the pot a little longer to come to pressure.
Put the inner liner into the Instant Pot base.
Close and lock the lid, making sure the Pressure Valve is in the Sealing position.
Select the Pressure Cook button (that’s the Manual button on some Instant Pots) and set the cooking time for 22 minutes.
Once the correct pressure has been reached, the Float Valve will seal.
When the cooking Tim is complete, the Instant Pot will go into Keep Warm mode and start counting up the time.
Allow a full Natural Pressure Release (or NPR).
All that means is to just let the pot sit until the Float Valve drops on its own.
In our case, that took about 37 minutes for all the pressure to release and the Float Valve to drop.
Carefully open the Instant Pot and move the inner liner to a heatproof surface.
Remove the bay leaf and give the beans a good stir.
Then just let them cool down. You’ll notice that the beans will continue to absorb more of the liquid as they cool.
You can now package up the beans and freeze them for later use.
We put about 2 cups of beans in each Ziploc bag.
Be sure to label the bags with the contents and the date.
We lay the bags flat and carefully squeeze out as much of the air as we can. This allows them to freeze and thaw much quicker.
You now have a supply of cooked black beans, ready to use, and never need to buy canned beans again!