Beans.Submitted by fishyculture on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 15:54
Beans - the iconic "survival food." Keeps forever, easy to grow, tastes like whatever you mix them with. How many pounds of beans do you suppose are owned by daily paulers? OK, now, how many of you have ever actually COOKED beans, from scratch? There really are a couple of tricks. I'll tell you my secrets, if you tell me yours... ;)
Rinse them, pick through them for small rocks and such. Discard floating skins and such.
First soak: Cover the beans with a couple inches of water to spare. I put in a teaspoon or so of baking soda. You can go two ways from here. The slow soak is just let them sit overnight (or all day.) The fast way is to bring them to a boil, then let them sit for an hour in the water.
I discard the rinse water, some folks re-use it. My method is for maximum gas reduction.
Next, cover the beans again with a couple inches of water and more baking soda and a 1/2 teaspoon or so of epizote, and bring to a boil. Let them boil an hour or two until soft.
Now you have a pot of tasteless beans BUT you have beans soft enough to eat. If you add ANYTHING with sugar to the beans before they are soft, they will NEVER soften. Now is when you start adding your onions and garlic and spices and such.
Happy New Year to all my friends down south celebrating with their beans! I hope you will now fill us in on how to make those tasteless beans into gourmet cuisine... C'mon, I know you are out there, bust loose with some recipes!