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Crockpot Cooking: Organic Beans and Rice

Updated on July 8, 2011

Crockpot Cooking: Organic Beans and Rice will provide some quick and easy cooking techniques for organic beans and rice. I’d like to consider myself a “modern cook” in that meals must be healthy, economical, and ideally prep time should not be more than 20 minutes.

I’ve never been one that liked cooking over a hot stove and/or running to check the food every few minutes to ensure that it does not burn. With that said you can see why using the crock pot is an important cooking technique within my household.

Note: Organic foods are grown without herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers. Organic foods are not genetically modified and are grown in soil that is nurtured, not treated...

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Health Benefits of Organic Beans and Rice

Organic beans can be purchased fresh, dried, or canned. Personally, I prefer the organic dry beans because of the ease in preparation plus I can control the cooking time of the beans; whereas, if you purchase the canned organic beans they have been pre-cooked and tend to cook to a softer texture.

Beans are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and most beans are full of fiber, phytochemicals, folate, potassium, protein, magnesium, vitamin B-6, zinc, copper, and iron. And to those that are thinking of the ole rhyme “Beans, beans, good for the heart. Beans, beans will make you f*rt.” Well doctors are now saying that a healthy person have “gas” at least 14 times a day. O.k. moving along, as one can see there are many health benefits such as lowering blood cholesterol, cancer fighting, assisting in maintaining one’s weight, and high in antioxidants.

Low Cost of Organic Beans and Rice

Beans and rice are an inexpensive meal that is nourishing and offers a variety of tastes for a minimum cost. Now that most are feeling the pinch of our strained economy beans and rice meals can offer a great savings to an individual’s household budget.   You can easily feed a family of 4 a meal consisting of beans and rice with a healthy green salad or an inexpensive cut of meat for around $4 to $6 US dollars.

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List of Organic Beans and Legumes

Adzuki beans

Anasazi beans

Baby Lima beans

Black-eyed peas

Black Turtle beans

Chick Peas

Flageolet beans

Garbanzo beans

Giant White beans

Great Northern beans

Red Kidney beans

Pinto beans

Soy beans

And a variety of others

Crockpot Cooking: Organic Beans and Rice

Cooking Techniques

The level of difficulty for cooking beans and rice is easy. The only drawback is that they can take a long time to cook, however most of the time is spent soaking or cooking on their own in the pressure cooker or crock pot. The actual “hands on” time required is only about 10 to 15 minutes.

How to Wash Organic Dry Beans and Rice

Beans - Before using beans or legumes they should be rinsed thoroughly in a bowl or colander under running cool water in order to sort out any unwanted foreign objects like stones, half beans or other debris. After the washing then it is time for the soaking step.

Rice – Rice should be washed in a large bowl filled with cold water. Swirl the rice around with your hand until the water becomes cloudy with starch. Pour water off and repeat this process three or four times until the water is reasonably clear. Now you are ready for the soaking step.

How to Soak Organic Dry Beans and Rice

Rice - Most organic rice requires a soaking time of 15 to 30 minutes prior to cooking so that the rice can relax and be easier to digest.  If you like you can soak the rice in the morning while you are getting out the crock pot and rinsing off the beans.  Or one can skip the washing of the rice and soaking and purchase a box of organic rice like Uncle Ben's or any organic rice that is a ready to cook form.

Beans -  I prefer what is called a “normal” soak method of soaking because once you’ve washed the beans you simply place then in a container and cover them with four times their volume in water and let them soak at least 8 hours or overnight.  There is a “quick” soak method that entails bring the beans to a boil for a minute, covering, and letting them sit for an hour.

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Preparing the Meal

Now that you’ve properly washed and soaked your organic beans and rice you can simply follow the steps provided in the video or you can use one of your own favorite recipes. Place ingredients in your crockpot set the appropriate temperate and off you go to work, run errands, or other tasks that one has to do prior to dinner. There nothing greater to me than to walk into one’s home and smell dinner already prepared.

Note: Beryl Stokes in the video is related to fellow hubber Mike Stokes be sure to check out his hub Cajun Red Beans and Rice.

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    • profile image 

      7 years ago

      I'm inexperienced with crockpot cooking, but would find it useful for hearty meals and with all of your post sounds like a cheap,healthy way to go. I have one question. How long does it take adding beans after soak and rice, how long should it be in the crockpot for before its done?

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      7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      excellent read. i love beans and rice, organic is even better. and they are great options.

    • MarkMAllen15 profile image


      7 years ago

      THanks for the information.. Very useful.

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hhhmmmm, beef bourguignon sounds wonderful. I like the crockpot as well because you don't have to "baby-sit" your meal. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      8 years ago

      I love crockpot cooking, i cook soups, curries and Beef Bourguignon in mine, its well used. Great hub!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      LOL, Hi Mrknowledge, thanks for stopping and commenting. :)

    • MrKnowledge profile image


      8 years ago from Tacoma!

      After reading your hubs I just might have to go buy a crockpot!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks katiem, there's one thing about any kind of beans in the crockpot, its hard to go wrong; Thanks again for all your support.

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Organic beans and rice is a fave of mine, red beans and rice the most fave. Thanks for the head ups on crockpot cooking Organic Beans and Rice LOVE IT! :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hhhmmmm, sounds good, I'm going to have to try your recipe. I like pinto beans with a spicy zing to them, in the past I've used Tabasco or Tony Chachere's. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

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      Research Analyst 

      8 years ago

      This looks really good, I like to make pinto beans and add cayenne pepper for seasoning, it goes so well with brown rice and garlic cloves.

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Pam, I love beans and rice as well. I've been thinking about them since I wrote this hub. Will have to prepare some soon. :) Have a great weekend! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Money Glitch, I love beans and rice so your hub is great reading for me. The pictures look great and the information is good.

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Om - Hi Om, I agree the video with the Canjun red beans and rice looks yummy, I'm going to have to try that one as well, in the next week or so. Thanks for the support, my friend. :)

      @diabetesreporter - Thanks so much for adding the tip on saving a lot of money by buying bulk. I do this a lot as well, and it does keep it flavor and goodness for quiet a long time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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      8 years ago from Eureka, California

      I just recently started using a crock pot for the first time. My Mom used one in the 1970's, but that was about the extent of my experience. After a few less-than-successful attempts (mostly from overcooking), I finally seem to have it down.

      One thing I would highly recommend is that anyone who plans on cooking beans and rice regularly buy them in bulk. It will save you a ton of money. I don't mean "in bulk", as in from the bulk food aisle at your grocery store. I mean in 25-50 lb. bags. These can usually be bought at places like Costco, natural foods stores or even places that sell farming supplies. You can get what amounts to a six month supply of beans for less than $30 in most areas. Buying rice in bulk costs about 90% less than if you bought small bags of it at the grocery store.

      I've never known dried beans or rice to "go bad", as long as you keep them someplace dry, and since you don't need refrigeration, buying stuff like this in bulk costs you nothing to store. If the big bags take up too much room in your kitchen, just keep a small container of them handy and keep the rest of the bag in your garage or someplace even more out of the way.

      Thanks, again, for another great hub!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      I like cooking in a crockpot, too. That cajun bean-and- rice video is very cool; I think I'll try that recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and yummy tips. It was a fun read. =D

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Maita - Wow thanks so much for all your support, like you things have been a little busy. Thanks for stopping by and take care my friend! :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @anglnwu - Now you are talking I love to use a wok for stir fries as well except it is and electric one, so I'm not sure if that counts or not. Hehehe! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      8 years ago from US

      Hi Money, this is a detailed explaantion of crockpot cooking of beans and rice. I am like you, I like it slow but sure, How are you my friend, was so busy this past weeks, I miss rating your hubs up, Take care, Maita

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      8 years ago

      Umm, this hub smells deliciously healthy. I love the tips you gave prior to proper cooking and since you can put everything in a crock pot so much easier than slaving over the stove. Though, I must say, I'm compulsively enslaved to the stove, by choice. Blame it on stir-fries and quick wok. Rating it up, it deserves more!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas - Hi psychic, Yeah you're right technically they do take a long time to cook a meal; however, I like the quick prep time and the fact that you can walk away and not have to "watch,stir, and prevent from boiling over, or burning" like you would if you used a regular stove. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Nellieanna - Hi Nellieanna, wow you've made me recall my childhood on a farm in my grandmother's house. She use to cook on an old wooden stove for years(she never wanted an electric one) and I use to do the same thing that you did. Sneak in the pot and start eating early. LOL!

      Yes, the new crock pots are so much better than the old ones. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Lily Rose - Hi Lily, I've started really using my crock pot again this year and I just love the freedom that it has given me. Especially now that it is summer and it has gotten too "hot" in the evenings to turn the stove on.

      Yeah, I've got to check out that Breville cooker as well that is really taking slow cookers to another level of cooking. Thanks for stopping by. :)

    • profile image 

      8 years ago

      Like you say Money Glitch the prep time is relatively low once their cooked which can take the time.

      Thanks for the recipe!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      so good - and I adore beans. We had a pot of beans daily at the ranch when I was growing up and we spent all 3 months of summers there. (had to be in town during the school year). I loved the aroma of the pot of beans on the wood cookstove, though of course we chanted "Beans for breakfast, beans for lunch, beans for suppertime!" - which was a stretch of truth - we had real breakfasts! LOL. But I always started dipping into the bean pot when they were barely softening up!

      I need to invest in a new crockpot. Gave the old one away some time back. I got tired of crock pot meals, but now am seeing so many tempting recipes! But now all I have is a little snack-sized one. Maybe it's just as well. The newer ones seem better.

      Thanks for the good hub!

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      Lily Rose 

      8 years ago from A Coast

      Great hub, Money! I've been meaning for a while to break out my crock pot and do some easy cooking. Nowadays there are lots more meals that can be cooked in a slow cooker other than pot roast! Red beans and rice with sausage is one of my favorite meals!

      I love that Breville slow cooker featured in your first video - how cool that you can do your prep in it, too! Thanks!


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