We do not need to be a psychic to know there are probably a few cans of beans sitting in your pantry, and you may have run out of ideas on what to do with them. Now is the time to eat the beans and embrace them! They are inexpensive, shelf-stable and are an excellent source of protein for any diet. 


Of course you can add them to soup, or toss them in chili and blend them into hummus or smash into a sandwich. Really the possibilities are endless with these perfect can of goodness. But how about eat them on their own?


Crack that can open, give them a quick rinse with cold water, drizzle with some olive oil and try these 5 tips on how to freshen up a basic can of beans. 


Pantry Spices 


Collect a few of your favourite flavours from your spice cabinet and toast them in a pan over medium heat. Mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, chili flakes are all great choices for beans. By toasting these spices in a pan with a splash of olive oil, releases the spices natural oils and releases even more flavour than you could imagine. Once the spices are heated up you can add the beans to the pan to heat up or add the spices to the beans at eat them cold. Both taste great! 




Adding some grated fresh garlic or some fresh citrus zest will add a layer of freshness to your canned beans. Garnish with some chopped shallots or pickled red onions and you’re good to go! 


Fresh Herbs 


Garnishing with some fresh herbs liven up a basic can of beans. Try herbs like mint, parsley, cilantro, chives or dill to give your dish some life! 




Having different textures in your food keeps it interesting. Add some crispy produce like chopped celery, snap peas, cabbage, or even some bread crumbs or toasted nuts and seeds. 




A little bit of briny goodness never hurts. A splash of apple cider vinegar, or some capers or pepperoncini. Use this opportunity to use those forgotten about contents of your fridge! 


freshen up a can of beans




Zoey is the social media and content coordinator at SPUD. When she is not at work you can find her making a mess in the kitchen, sipping on coffee and playing board games.

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