Bean Conversions

September 19, 2013 9 Comments

Dry Beans to Cooked Beans Conversions

Dry Beans To Cooked Beans To Canned Beans

I love beans but don’t love soaking beans overnight and then cooking them for hours in the middle of the week to make one of my favorite bean dishes. Yes, I know there advantages to cooking beans from scratch including nutrition, flavor and cost but there are nights I want to just open a can or two of beans to make a bean stew or Tuscan beans. Problem: I never know the correct conversion of dry beans to cooked beans to canned beans and that is why I did a little research and am posting what I found here for you to use.

These conversions are approximations and depend on the type of bean, the size and shape of the bean.

Canned Beans to Cooked Beans

14 -16 oz can = 1.5 cups cooked beans
19 oz can = 2.25 cups cooked beans
28 oz can = 3 – 3.25 cups cooked beans

 Dry Bean Yields After Cooking

1 pound dry beans = 6 to 7 cups cooked beans, drained
1 pound dry beans = about 2 cups dry beans
1 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 3 cups cooked beans
2/3 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 2 cups cooked beans
1/2 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 1-1/2 cups cooked beans
1/3 cup dry beans = 1 cup cooked beans

Chick peas, great northern beans, and lima beans: 1 cup dry beans = 3 cups cooked beans

Lentils: 1 cup dried lentils = 3 cups cooked


 Dry Bean Conversions

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  1. Midnite says:

    Great info. I like to use dry beans whenever I can, but didn’t know the conversion amounts from canned to dry. Thanks for sharing. M

  2. William says:

    Excellent information, thanks!

  3. J'Marinde says:

    I STILL do not get it. I have a recipe that calls for 1/2 pound of dry chickpeas and I need to know how many cups cooked that is – – or how many 15 oz. cans? I am trying to make hummus. Please. Seems everyone wants to give me a conversion lesson, but I just want an answer for now. Can you help?

    • Hi J’Marinde,

      One pound dried chickpeas = 2 cups dried chickpeas
      One pound dried chickpeas = 6 cups fully cooked and drained chickpeas
      One pound dried chickpeas = 4 cans (15 oz each) drained chickpeas.

      Soooo, 1/2 pound dry chickpeas equals 3 cups fully cooked and drained chickpeas

  4. Paprika says:

    J’Marinde, you need 2 15-oz cans of drained, rinsed chickpeas.

  5. Kait K says:

    Don’t make the mistake of taking the weight of the contents of the can…you need the DRAINED weight or you’ll be eating beans for days!

  6. arto says:

    Thanks for this great information, very generous!

  7. Angela Crawford says:

    How many dry great northern kidney and pinto beans do I use in a quart jar when canning them.
    I know I fill rest of the way with water to the head-space. I don’t want over thickened beans.

    • La Belle Gigi says:

      Acording to these guidelines you’ll need about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups of dried beans for them to expand into the available space. The smaller measurement is for sligtly “soupier” vs “thicker” liquid after cooking. Or you could precook your beans and then can them.

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