POPSUGAR Food Poll Poll: Do You Purchase Dried Beans or Canned Beans? Do You Cook With Dried Beans or Canned Beans? by Food 3/15/10 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Source: Flickr User Emiline220 Read More Purchasing HabitsDried BeansCanned BeansBeansCookingPoll Get inspired with our daily newsletter Food Tech Vegetarian Love and Sex Home DIY Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Reactions GummiBears 5 years Both. Cannellini beans dried are somewhat hard to find in my town. GlowingMoon 5 years Dried. It's so much more economical. I just use a slow-cooker with a timer. I cook a batch, and freeze them in two-serving portions. TADOW 5 years Both. Dried lentils, but other beans take too long to soak and prep and I never plan my cooking for the week that far in advance. 5 years Not only do dried beans you cook yourself have so much less sodium in them, they also have infinitely better texture than mushy canned beans. And here's the thing: other than the fact that you have to plan ahead the actual time spent cooking them is next to nothing. You soak and or heat to boiling then you let them sit. You drain and put them in new water with aromatics and you let them sit on a simmer. Virtually effortless! Planning. Lead time. Cheaper, healthier, better beans. Spectra 5 years I use both. The dried ones are definitely cheaper and seem to have a better texture, but you can't beat the canned ones for being super easy if you're in a hurry. fuzzles 5 years I much prefer dried, but for convenience I generally use canned. AlexisSF 5 years canned. i'm lazy;) Soniabonya 5 years dried. canned beans have a different flavor and are too salty for me. CoconutPie 5 years Both. ellbeecee 5 years Once or twice a month I make these 90 minute beans - http://thepauperedchef.com/2009/06/90-minute-no-soak-beans.html - and freeze them in 1-cup portions. It's easy - I've never gotten mushy beans from it - and then I them ready to pull out of the freezer and add dishes as needed. I do still keep some canned beans on hand though, just in case they're needed. partysugar 5 years I cook with both! Food 5 years Fitsugar, I'm with you; however, I think I should start cooking with dried beans in the future, because they're simply more economical. A good place to start might be recipes that don't require soaking beans at all, like Party's crockpot chili. RoaringSilence 5 years I use dried ones, but I always have a can of pretty much every bean on hand too, just in case I need something last minute. Fitness 5 years I only use dried lentils, since they cook up so quickly. Other types of beans — all that soaking — just don't work with my hectic schedule.