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How To: Cook Dry Beans in Your Slow Cooker

When I was first married, I wanted to be a cute little domestic diva.  I tried to learn cooking well, and I found that I enjoyed it.  Initially, though, I was using a lot of partially processed items:  frozen dinner rolls, canned beans, preseasoned meats, etc.

I decided that in an effort to be more “homemaker-ish” and frugal, I would start cooking more from scratch.  I bought a HUGE bag of dried beans and went to cook them.

Mega Fail.


The beans NEVER softened.  I cooked them for an hour on the stovetop, and when the water got low, I added more and continued to cook.  I cooked those things for over 8 hours, people!  Hard as a rock.  That was the beginning and end of my cooking dry beans, until a few years ago.




The slow cooker!!  Of course!  It’s really, REALLY easy to do with just about any type of dry bean.  All you need to do is add 3 cups water for every 1 cup of beans.  I’ve done it with pinto beans, black beans, navy beans and chickpeas (pictured).  It’s fantastic!  Stick it all in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for about 4 hours.




Cooked to perfection beans!


This will save you plenty of money over using the canned variety, and you’re not having to worry about sodium content.  Enjoy today’s fast and frugal tip!

Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast – Gluten Free 5 comments

I am ashamed to admit it.


I have discovered Pinterest.

And with it, infinite possibilities for delicious dinners, house projects, and so much more.  It could be a good thing…in moderation.  So I must work very hard to moderate.:-)

This recipe is definitely a good thing about Pinterest.  I made it and loved it.   I recommend that you try it and love it, too.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

(Found at Six Sisters’ Stuff via Pinterest):

1 (2-3 pound) boneless pork roast
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce ( I used gluten free soy sauce)
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, garlic,oil and salt; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Remove meat to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy



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