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Bean-Cooking Fool

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Yep. I am a “Bean-Cooking Fool” today. emoticon That’s because I finally remembered to be a “Bean-Soaking Fool” last night. I really prefer the richer nuttier taste and texture of beans cooked from dry over the canned ones. It is cheaper AND it eliminates so much sodium! The problem is I have to remember to do this on the weekend because I get home too late to cook anything that long during the week.

I finally came up with a process that works beautifully for me to freeze them:

• Soak beans overnight
• Cook until done (varies widely between different varieties and size)
• Rinse and cool off in COLD water (I do this right in my cooking pot)
• Drain and refrigerate for a couple hours to dry off a little
• Freeze in a single layer overnight
• Break apart any that are frozen together
• Store in freezer bags

Then, when I need some for a recipe, I take out just what I need either the night before or just soak in some hot water to thaw for a few minutes. I like to make my own hummus, but I like to make smaller batches and this makes it easy without any waste…because sometimes you’re in the mood for hummus, but don’t want to eat it every day for 5 days (which is what happens if there is no one else in your home that will eat it!) and you HATE to throw out food.
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ATLTRAINR 11/12/2012 5:12AM

    emoticon thanks!

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BRENDABUNNY 11/11/2012 3:35PM

    emoticon idea...I don't care for canned beans either because of the sodium.. emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 11/11/2012 2:59PM

    So true about humus. I usually buy it if I have company or in the mood to have it for days. As for cooking beans from scratch mom used to do that all the time. I really should too.

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PJBONARRIGO 11/11/2012 10:50AM

    What a great idea! I never thought of pre-cooking and freezing the beans. I emoticon am getting ready to throw some beans in the crock pot right now so I will make extra. Thanks!

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DARJR50 11/11/2012 10:48AM

  I like this idea. Thanks.

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