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#1 puppybreath

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Posted 30 April 2021 - 02:16 PM

i usually eat ready made pasta, beans, green peas etc from microwavable meals and cans. im looking to decrease my grocery budget and would like to start using dry pasta and beans to cook myself but the serving sizes scare me. how do you ensure that you know the calorie content before and after you cook? for example, if beans are 80cal per 1/2 cup, would you only prep 1/2 a cup or however many cups youd like and calculate calories before cooking? or would you weigh out the cooked beans and use an online calculator?


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 02:19 PM

not the comment ur looking for BUT

 

If you live in the US chances are canned beans aren't that much more expensive than dry beans. Dry beans take a long time to prepare and can give you  b e a n  poisoning. It's not really worth the hassle. Calorie counting should be easier too if you buy canned. 



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Posted 30 April 2021 - 02:22 PM

not the comment ur looking for BUT

 

If you live in the US chances are canned beans aren't that much more expensive than dry beans. Dry beans take a long time to prepare and can give you  b e a n  poisoning. It's not really worth the hassle. Calorie counting should be easier too if you buy canned. 

 

it honestly isnt : ( for ex canned chickpeas r listed as 120 cal per 130g on a can while google lists them as 160+ for 100g : ( its rly confusing bc u cant tell if the canned weight includes the liquid in the can or not. think i was going over my intake like this when i didnt know of this discrepancy. 


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 02:30 PM

Weigh before you cook them


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 02:39 PM

it honestly isnt : ( for ex canned chickpeas r listed as 120 cal per 130g on a can while google lists them as 160+ for 100g : ( its rly confusing bc u cant tell if the canned weight includes the liquid in the can or not. think i was going over my intake like this when i didnt know of this discrepancy. 

 

Does it not say on the can "drained weight"? The ones I buy do, e.g.:

 

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Posted 30 April 2021 - 02:40 PM

Sometimes the box will specify whether to measure the serving size cooked or dry. But if it doesn't, the default is to measure it dry.



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Posted 30 April 2021 - 03:55 PM

it honestly isnt : ( for ex canned chickpeas r listed as 120 cal per 130g on a can while google lists them as 160+ for 100g : ( its rly confusing bc u cant tell if the canned weight includes the liquid in the can or not. think i was going over my intake like this when i didnt know of this discrepancy. 

 

With beans the can count is most accurate, calorie count is wildly different because different brands soak up different amounts of water, different sized beans, sodium etc. For example, a can with more salt might attract water into the chickpeas, which makes them bigger (as it soaks up water the chickpeas expand). So, if each chickpea is bigger there will be less chickpeas per cup making it lower in calories. Hope that made sense. I'm sure there's other factors that come into play, but yeah, just don't use google.



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Posted 03 May 2021 - 07:25 AM

I cook a lot of beans from dry, and have been doing so for years. You always want to measure your beans or pasta(or any other grain) dry and by weight, not cups, to get the most accurate calorie count.

 

I always soak my beans for at least 12hrs, and I add baking soda to the soaking water...this helps greatly with any gas issues that people often have with beans. To save on cooking time, you can cook a large amount and freeze them in small portions so that they're ready to be added to a meal. Some people cook beans in a pressure cooker(I see it in a lot of Indian recipes), but I haven't tried that method. While you do have to plan ahead and the cooking of the beans can range from 30 min to 1.5hrs depending on the type of bean, I usually cook them when I can do other things simultaneously so that I'm not just staring at beans boiling lol.

 

I don't know where you live, but if you're looking to save money, go a Turkish or Indian supermarket if there's one accessible. They sell dry beans, rice, bulgar, etc., by the kilo, and aside from it being cheaper, I find them much more flavourful than what you get in standard supermarkets. 

 

Even if you buy by the can though, you'll still be saving a lot of money compared to eating ready-made meals.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 05:35 AM

Weigh before you cook them


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Posted 17 May 2021 - 12:42 AM

Calorie counting isn't an exact science. It's all educated guesstimation. Just follow the package like you have with your precooked meals. I can promise you the 25% margin of error is the same for ready-made and homemade. Measure and count ingredients before you cook 'em. You'll be ok.


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