How can I reuse or recycle baked beans?

We’ve had an email from Hayley asking:

Can I compost baked beans? From a tin. We always seem to have some leftover!

Like many composting questions, there is no definitive answer. Some people say it’s fine – they’re vegetables after all, they’ll break down – but other people say don’t do it – the preservatives can upset worms/bacteria in the heap and/or attracted unwanted vermin. If you’ve got a well contained, healthy heap, a few beans won’t ruin it.

Composting though should be a last resort – try to use them first. If you don’t think you’ll use them up within a couple of days in the fridge, you can apparently freeze them (anyone had experience doing that? anything to do/avoid?). You can also add them as filler to soups and casseroles – but if they’re salty ones, remember to adjust your recipe accordingly.

How do you use up your beans?

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6 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle baked beans?”

  1. Cipollina says:

    I can’t find them where I currently live, unfortunately, but I used to heat them and put them on buttered toast for breakfast the next morning.

  2. carol says:

    If I don’t give them to the chickens, I have a container I keep in the freezer and just add them to that, for soup. I will rinse them prior to freezing them and I have always had good luck. The container I keep is for left over rice, beans, small bits of chicken. Another container is for veggies, and I make a big pot of soup with that about once every two weeks, then freeze that in smaller containers for lunches. Hope this helps.

  3. Alice says:

    Ooh I like the idea of keeping a leftovers container in the fridge for soup and just adding whatever comes along! Gonna try that myself.

  4. Pet says:

    Aren’t you afraid of defreezing of the leftovers that are already in the container. It seems to me that it isn’t really save to add non-frozen food to frozen food in the same container. Or do you freeze it first?

  5. I use them up by putting them in soups or adding them to a meal even if they don’t quite “match” – I mean a breakfast of fruit salad and beans on the side may not match but it’s pretty awesome!

  6. supergeeky says:

    I mix them in with re fried beans and make bean burritos. Tastes amazing! = ) Also beans on toast is so delicious!!!

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