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« on: February 19, 2004 06:08:28 PM »

i love beans, but am far too picky (and cheap) to eat the canned ones, so I always take hours in the kitchen cooking the dried ones.  Until just recently...  

Quick dried beans tutorial for non-beanie types:
1)soak em overnight
3)add more water, cook 45-60+ minutes depending on type of bean
4) taste for doneness

My alteration was instead of cooking beans right before I made dinner, I cooked them in the morning before I went to work, since I normally get up about an hour before I leave the apt.  This has saved me soooo much time, cos then the bulk of my dinner cooking time is reduced, and I still get high quality food.
chikki sixx
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2004 06:16:25 PM »

I,ve been wanting to cook beans for a while now, but I don't know what to do with them.  Any good tips or recepies?
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2004 06:29:01 PM »

You can quick soak beans too.

Cover them with enough water to cover.
Bring the beans just to a boil
Remove from Heat.
Let sit for 1 hour.
Then cook as usual.

I usually cook my beans [pintos] with garlic, onion powder, chili powder, cumin,  Goya,a dash of hickory smoke.  I also throw in a piece of meatless bacon [ I'm a vegetarian] .. but if you are a meat eater most people throw in a hamhock to season the beans with. { and remove the bacon,ham, etc. after fully cooked }

A good recipe for black beans :

Mix black beans with diced tomatoes, green pepper, red onion, cilantro, dash of garlic powder in a big bowl.  In another bowl prepare a dressing of olive oil + fresh squeezed lime juice.  Pour over the bean salad and chill.  This is GREAT as a main dish with a big hunk of bread! yum! One of my hub's fav's!
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2004 06:29:31 PM »

yea, but it really depends on what you like, here's some popular bean dishes:
hummus, refried beans, black bean soup, lentil soup, dal.

i'll just list the first two, which are my favs:

2 cups cooked chickpeas (you can cook em yourself or buy and drain a 14 oz can)
1-2 cloves garlic
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 - 1/3 c sesame tahini (found in health food sections of supermarket)
1 t cumin powder
1/2 t salt (or to taste)
olive oil (to get a smooth consistency)

put all in blender/food processor and blend til smooth.
place in bowl and make a cross with paprika or cayenne powder over the hummus (my aunt who's from macedonia says it's tradition to keep evil spirits away).
serve with pita bread or in sandwiches.

refried beans:
2 c cooked pinto beans (or 14 oz can)
1 onion
1-2 jalapenos
1-2 cloves of garlic
2 t cumin powder
optional: 1 t chili powder, tomatoes, bell peppers

Saute the onion, jalapeno, garlic in olive oil til onion's ready and soft.  add cumin and other mexali spices.  cook about a minute.  add tomatoes and bell peppers if you like now.  add pinto beans with some water to prevent sticking and mash the pinto beans with a wooden spoon to achieve a lumpy viscous consistency.  add salt & pepper to taste.

oh man.  i just approx those recipes, but when in doubt taste it!

other tips: beans are great in stews and salads.  it's easy to add them in those dishes.
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