Love thy crockpot

By Mir
November 4, 2008
Category Quick Tips

Anyone who reads me regularly on some of my other blogs knows that I am a fool for my crockpot for lots of reasons. It makes for cheap and easy cooking, and I am definitely cheap and easy. (Wait. That didn’t come out right….)

Today I made a batch of black beans to freeze, and with God as my witness, I will never buy canned beans again.

And it was cheap. And easy.

(Like me.) (Kidding!) (But not kidding about the crockpot thing.)


  1. I have done this, too! I think the keys are to soak, dump that water, and then cook in fresh water – it helps them taste better, I think. Also, they need some seasoning – the canned ones have their share of sodium, so you need a decent amount of salt.

  2. I love having little containers of black beans in my freezer. I’m one of those crazies with a year’s supply of food in my basement, and I buy 6-gallon buckets of beans and this is a great way to use them. A can’s worth costs pennies. I do flavor them a bit, though, with a bay leaf or two and then some salt at the end.

  3. i have never used a crockpot. always soak, drain, wash and pressure cook it. it is quick (10 minutes) easy and convenient. 🙂 good luck with ur recepies.

  4. I do the same thing! I love my home made freezer beans.

  5. Hey Mir – I just signed up for a daily email update from this site —

    Check it out! Sometimes I forget I have a crock pot, and then other times I’m just not too inspired by the old stand-by recipes. This reminder – a recipe, a sort of review, and even suggestions for variations — is just what I needed. I made a Jamaican Pumpkin soup she sent last week for a party I had on Sunday and folks raved about it. It was honestly one of the best things I have ever served to guests.

  6. Now I just need a great deal on a very large crockpot, mine is small. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I love The Crockpot Lady (Steph) almost as much as I love you, pretty Mir…

  8. I might have to give it a try. I, too, love my crockpot. But I’ve always been intimidated by dried beans. Strange, huh?

  9. I have just bought a new crockpot with my amazon gift card I won at workitmom, so I am going to have to try this I love beans. Thanks

  10. Mir, find this black bean recipe: Crescent Dragonwagon’s Black Bean Soup.

    Fantastic, in all its various forms (Cuban, Southwest, and immered down into enchilada filling). Plus, you can make a ginormous batch and freeze some to use later. LOVE this stuff.

  11. I am wondering where else you write at. I would love to read more of your blogs 🙂

  12. Does anyone have any recommendations for crock pots? I hate mine – the low setting is too hot.

  13. I need a recommendation for a crockpot too? Anyone?

  14. I’ll second the request for good deals on great crock pots!

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