I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this discussion but I'm wondering how you all prepare beans. I've always used canned beans. I don't like that I do this for many reasons and would prefer to use dried beans if possible. However, I've always been reluctant to try because it sounds like it's a lot of work and planning involved and I'm rarely home during the day for long stretches of time. Any suggestions? I've heard people talk about pressure cookers in regards to beans and Alicia mentions them in her book but I'm not exactly sure what a pressure cooker does and if it helps to speed up the process. I'm actually going to be returning my defective slow cooker soon and will have some extra counter space and was considering buying a rice steamer but wondering if a pressure cooker is the better way to go instead. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance!!!
I'm glad you brought this up! I tried cooking dried beans for the first time last weekend and it was quite a challenge! I tried to follow the directions in the book, for the azuki beans and kombucha squash but every time I added water, when it got below the beans, it cooled everything down and then stopped the cooking so I would have to increase the heat again and then decrease it when it was past "simmering" it was very frustrating and in the end, the beans were still a little hard in the middle! I haven't heard of a pressure cooker for beans until this book so I would love more information from anyone that has one or knows a better way to cook beans!
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