Red Kidney Bean

Beans are a part of a heart healthy diet, and, you can find them year round! Choose low-sodium or no-salt added canned beans and rinse them in water to wash off any added salt. Dried beans are usually available in prepackaged containers as well as in bulk bins. Scroll down to find a great video on how to cook dried beans!

How to Select

Choose dried beans or canned beans with less sodium. Select dried beans that are dry, firm, clean, uniform in color and not shriveled.

How to Store

Store dried beans at room temperature in a closed container, to protect from moisture and pests. Store canned beans at room temperature, and use before date on can.

How to Prepare

Dried beans need to be soaked before they are cooked. Cover the beans in cold water and bring to a gentle boil, turn off the heat and allow beans to soak in the water for 1-2 hours. Drain water and rinse with fresh water. To cook beans, cover with fresh water and simmer for 1-2 hours. Do not let beans dry out, beans should always be covered with water.