I recently saw a recipe for homemade refried beans. I made them today and they turned out great. As I have said before, besides saving money, another positive ot making your own food is that you know what ingredients are in it and can gear the ingredients to your taste or dietary preferences.

I bought a 1-pound bag of pinto beans at Dollar Tree for $1 and a 10-lb bag at Sam’s Club for $7.49. I measured the 1-lb bag and it was about 2 1/2 cups of beans. I also bought the jarred garlic at Dollar Tree for $1.

Once you have cooked the beans and cooled them you can separate into containers or freezer bags and freeze until you need them. I ended up with 7 bags of beans, of about 1 cup each.

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Nancy Kvamme

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