|Beans (legumes) visible in the photo: |
pinto, black, white, yellow, kidney, black eyed pea, split pea & lentil
The bean jar is an ever-changing landscape of beans.
Walking into the studio the other day, I overheard a conversation about beans. Two of the guys from the metal shop were discussing baked beans using canned beans. You know the kind: loaded with salt and expensive when compared to a bag of dried beans. One guy mentioned that he was looking to change his recipe a bit, but all he could find about beans was to soak the dried beans overnight. That was too long and troublesome.
There is an easier and quicker way to soak dried beans. Do you know it? They obviously didn't and so I spoke up. Here's how you do it:
• Wash the beans, however many you need, whatever kind you want
• Put them in a pot with water to cover them plus a inch deeper
• Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes
• Remove the pot from the heat source, cover it and let it sit for an hour
• Drain, rinse and add to your recipe.
Easy peasy, lemony squeezy. Cheap, easy and healthy.