Store-Bought Shortcuts: What's Worth It, What's Not
Find out which ingredients will help your meals, from prepeeled garlic to instant mashed potatoes.
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Worth it. We all know how much cheaper it is to buy dried beans and cook them ourselves, but since a can of beans is still relatively cheap as far as proteins go, many of us—including Katie Goodman, who writes the blog GoodLife Eats, Etc.
—rely on them for quick weeknight meals. A few caveats, though: They can be high in sodium, so drain and rinse the beans before adding them to your dish (some brands—such as Goya and Westbrae—now offer low-sodium versions of black, kidney and pinto beans, as well as chickpeas). And BPA exists in the lining of canned foods
, so if you're concerned, consider buying them in boxes