Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils Marketplace
Dried Beans, or Legumes, are one of the best protein sources on the planet.
People all over the world have been eating them for thousands of years. They keep
a long time, are easy to prepare, and cost very little. When they are cooked they more than double in weight. 1 cup dry beans makes 2 1/2 cups cooked beans. Bean Soup Mix
Complete Protein: When beans are combined with a corn product, meat or milk based food, they form what is known as a
complete protein. Complete proteins are more nourishing for your body than beans
eaten alone. Therefore the old standbys like Pork 'n Beans, Pintos and Cornbread,
Split Pea Soup with Ham, and Succotash (Corn and Lima beans), provide more complete
proteins, than when eaten alone. When beans
are combined with other foods to make complete proteins, the combinations can be
Bean Cooking Recipes
Wash: It is always best to wash beans before cooking. Look for any stones
which prior cleaning processes may have missed.
Add Water: 4
cups water to 1 cup beans OR 2 quarts water to 1 pound beans.
is best to soak beans overnight before cooking. This will make them soft and taster. If this cannot be done then use the following method instead. Cook beans
till they are boiling well, turn off fire and let set cooling for one to two
hours. Lentils and Peas do not need soaked.
Cook Time: Simmer until soft.
Lentils and peas simmer for 45-60 minutes. Other beans 1-2 hours. Baking soda
used to soften the skins also destroys B vitamins (If you simmer the beans
slowly without salt its not needed). Best
to cook with a little savory as it results in the beans cooking better resulting
in less gas complications for those so affected. Usage: 2 teaspoons savory per
pound of beans.
Flavor: Add salt, or tomato products when the beans are
the end of the cooking cycle. Salt and tomatoes added sooner will keep the beans
1 3/4 cup cooked beans equals a 15 oz can of cooked beans.
Method: Considered by many to be the best way to cook beans. Wash and add
water as above. Then cook in the slow cooker for 4 to 10 hours as needed to
soften the beans.
See Also: Adzuki .
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