Wondering why it is necessary to drain and rinse the liquid from a can of beans? Our test kitchen has the answer, plus must-have tips for using canned beans. We're also sharing our favorite recipes that start with a can of beans.


The cloudy liquid you find in canned beans is mostly starch and salt that may change the texture or taste of a dish. Most of our recipes call for draining and rinsing the beans to remove the excess salt and starch and improve flavor. Draining and rinsing also removes the metallic flavor sometimes found in canned beans.

Canned Bean Recipes

These recipes start with canned beans and are perfect for busy weeknights!

Cooking with Canned Beans


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