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It saves on sodium!
I was not, but now using them as much I think I will start to. It saves a lot of money also :)
Are your dried beans organic? I have 2 bags of black beans which I love but they are not organic is that ok or should I donate them? And I cannot find kombu to cook with them, can I use wakame instead?
I do both. I also buy mostly organic, but if not available, I will get conventional. I've read that beans are sprayed with pesticides, but once they are soaked and cooked, there isn't any residue left on them. Even with that though, I prefer to get organic.
Also, most cans have liners that contain BPA. Eden Foods and Trader Joe's do not. So even though Eden's canned beans are more expensive, if I'm getting canned beans, I will spring for those.
Hey guys. I'm new to cooking beans. My parents have done it all my life, but they always used a hamhock or something for flavoring. I tried asking them what they do, but they went on about the ham. Crazy meat eaters!
Can you all help me out with what I should do with the beans?
I pick out all the bad ones and soak them? How long? How long do they cook? Do I cook them on the stove or crockpot? Am I supposed to add anything else??
Just like others have commented, I almost always cook my own beans-- less sodium, no contaminants from the can, and no slimy stuff that is often present in canned beans.
My absolute favorite place to get beans is Rancho Gordo, which is based in Napa, California. Their beans are amazing and when I ordered some last week, there were 27 different varieties listed on the website. So you won't get bored! They cost more than what you will find in the grocery store, but they are delicious! You can check out their website and order online at: http://ranchogordo.com/
LOL... yeah, Danielle, you so do not want to know!
Crystal, I season my cajun or mexican or whatever beans just the same as normal, but without the meat. Promise you won't miss it! Last time I went home to visit my mom in N.O. she loved my meatless red beans and said from now on she is leaving out the ham and sausage from theirs. yay!!!
I know guys! Ugh! We were just talking about beans yesterday... My boyfriends mom puts that hamhock in there too. I've never eaten them, the ones my parents made. Even when I ate meat. Just ewww....!!!
French - your beans sound good with the cajun. yum! I'll have to try it.
I love cooking dried beans in my pressure cooker - so quick! If not for that, I would probably be too lazy to cook them :-)
I cook a different pot of beans every Sunday for variety. I season them a creole/cajun spice sea salt and pepper. I remove the foam when they first start to cook. I big pot lasts me all week. I have them for breakfast and dinner. Yum!