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Beans.

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!

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This Floridian...

Loves Beans-n-Rice with cornbread!

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and a little pickle relish

That's how they taught me to eat it in Arkansas!

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Cooking Beans Today

and wanted to say thanks for this post. I remembered seeing it after the New Year and decided to come back here to get some tips. I just finished sorting and am trying to decide exactly what I want to do next...so I'll start reading. I'm on the quick method because I hardly plan ahead...

Beans for Dessert

1 large egg
1 cup cooked beans (mashed)
3/4 stick butter
2 small/medium eggs (beaten)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup coconut
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Blend butter and sugar
Add rest of the ingredients, mix well

Bake empty pie shell @ 350 for 4 minutes
Fill pie shell with mix
Bake @ 350 for 45 minutes

Let cool, Top with whipped cream or serve with vanilla ice cream

Enjoy

That sounds awesome

I'll be trying that.

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LOL...A bunch of friends...

...celebrating on New Year's eating bean dishes! No need for fireworks & plenty of tunes provided. BYOGM...Bring your own gas mask!

Bam...Hoppin' John

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On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

Ohh. The magical fruit.

Okay, I learned about beans from the professionals: Mexicans!
Go get yourself an olla, a Mexican ceramic bean pot, from your nearby Mexican store. It's made of clay to disperse heat evenly, is shaped to confine the heat, and gives the beans a lovely distinctive earthy flavor. Clean and rinse your beans, no need for soaking. Heat your olla, add bacon drippings and onion and saute until golden (this will give the beans a roasty flavor reminiscent of pork fat), then plop in the beans and submerge with water (1:3 ratio). The more you cook at once the better the texture and the more even they cook. So do not be afraid to make enough for several meals. You will only need to add a tiny amount of water during the long cooking time because the olla reduces the amount of escaping steam. They take 2 or 3 hours to cook. Add salt, bacon, and more onions only when the beans are at their desired tenderness. Allow the flavors to marry for ten minutes. Serve with fresh tortillas, rice, and salsa verde (recipe given upon request). YUMMY! Que rico.

The only way to overcome the gas and digestion problems mentioned below is to eat lots of beans; often.

I love beans~

I grew up eating pinto beans and ham hocks happily and learned to love lima beans.. those two are my favs but I'll eat others if I have to.. If I don't have seasoning (and I plan for not having ham hocks or ham handy) I found a brand of ham bullion so I add a half tsp of that.. roughly cut up an onion and I'm good to go~

WISHING A HAPPIER NEW YEAR TO ALL~

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Squash is disgusting. I'd

Squash is disgusting. I'd rather die than live on it!

Edit: oops lol this was meant to be a reply to the comment below.

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squash

I was totally anti-squash till I was out of the nest.. one day I was visiting my folks and starving lol My mom had a dish in the fridge that had possiblities so I nuked it and gave it a try. It was delicious!! It was sliced zuccini with sliced tomatoes layered with cheese and maybe bread crumbs and then baked.. after that I was much more into squash especially sliced and steamed. I like them when they are still on the small side but I will eat pretty much any kind now.

I was one of those kids who for whatever reason was not willing to try new foods and none of my food could touch on my plate etc etc Pretty weird for someone who grew up with the bounty of a huge garden at hand. I wouldn't eat corn on the cob till I was.. probably 15 or so.. When I look back I have to laugh at myself.

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Lol my buddy Chance, claims

Lol my buddy Chance, claims to be "willing to try anything once" but I guess that excludes semi-normal foods because he is the pickiest eater I know.

Me though, I've always been very open to new foods and largely not very picky. But squash.... *shudder*

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hmmmm

What about squash bothers you the most? Just cause I'm curious =)

Garnet
Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

If this is about growing beans

I'd like to introduce you corn and squash, The three sisters:
http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/IroquoisVillage/sistersone.html

Minimal energy required

It you soak them overnight, pour off water and add new water, then cook them in a pressure cooker till your pressure is reached, and finally wrap the pan in heavy insulation, in a couple hours you'll have cooked beans with only about 10-minutes' worth of time on the burner.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Remember the ole sayin, "Tuff Beans?"

What keeps beans from softening? I've tried it all. 24 hr. soak, pressure cook, etc. When I ask people this question I get a crazy look and then they'll say hummmm, 'must be old beans'. Well tried different beans about 10 times and still comin out hard. Then some people say hard water makes em hard to soften. Well I'm using filtered water.

Is there anything, like and enzyme or sumthin that I can add to soften em up?

Thanks and to a great new year!

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The sugar thing is my best tip

I tried to make Boston baked beans once by putting my sauce on after the first soak and slow cooking them. Cooked them all day and they were still hard as little rocks. An old southern cook told me what I did wrong.

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So, adding sugar to the water

So, adding sugar to the water softens beans? If so, what sugar do you recommend? White, brown, other?

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NOOO!!

NO sugar, nothing with any form of sugar in it, until they are soft. If you want to add anything sweet, even sugary vegetables, you have to wait until the beans are soft. Something about the sugar prevents them from softening, no matter how long you cook them.

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Thanks, fishy. Now I

Thanks, fishy. Now I understand your sugar statement in your post. To soften beans, then, soaking is what you recommend, right?

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Yes.

And the first hour or so of simmering, also. I don't put anything but epizote and baking soda in when I cook them until they are already softened up. (A side note... I don't like ham, but if I did I would throw a ham hock in, but not even a carrot until the beans are soft.)

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Thanks again, fishy. Oh, and,

Thanks again, fishy. Oh, and, good morning. Sure is early. I need to go to bed now. I'm in California. lol. Happy new year, too.

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That's from them getting old

That's from them getting old and not enough moisture. Grind them up and use like flour.

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iodine

Just soak your beans in a drop or 2 of sski, (potassium iodine). Then rinse and do whatever you like. The iodine reduces the flatulence effect.
Enjoy

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Methane gas is a strong

Methane gas is a strong "greenhouse" gas. If you eat beans, the government may in the future be inclined to tax your ass...

On the other hand, you may end up with a good alternative energy source...

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For spicy lentil bean soup

- no need to spice at all. Just simmer for a while with some sliced organic Andouille sausages.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Newbie Question

What variety of beans do you grow? I know there are different varieties, like, green beans, pole beans, bush beans, what works best? Planning next years garden.

Oh, BTW, how is it going with your aquaponics system?

A couple different varieties

For long term storage, I like pinto beans. But I grow green beans to eat fresh and freeze, I prefer bush beans over pole - I am short. Talk to local gardeners for what grows best in your area.
The greenhouse dome is done - put the door on yesterday. Next we build the rocket mass heater, then we install the tank. So, I guess the short answer is "starting over." But this is the system that we were practicing for, so we are pretty excited.

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Would like to see pics

of your greenhouse dome!

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Please let us know how it

Please let us know how it goes with the rocket heater.