Drained Canned Beans

Many recipes call for canned beans that have been rinsed and drained, but also list water as an ingredient. Why can't the liquid in the can be used as part of this water? —D.G., Chula Vista, California

Canned beans are rinsed and drained to remove extra salt used in the canning process. If you choose to use the bean liquid, both the amount of salt and water in the recipe will need to be reduced.