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Basic Beans Recipe


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Serves 10 | Prep Time 5 minutes | Cook Time 30-90 minutes

Ingredients

16 ounces Dried Beans
4 sups Water
2 tablespoons Oil


Most dry beans need soaking overnight before cooking. Soak in 4-5 cups of water to 1 cup of beans. Rinse with fresh water before cooking.


1 cup dry beans yields approximately 2 1/2 cups cooked beans.


To cook: Bring water to a boil. Add beans, then simmer for specified cooking time.




Cook the beans according to type.


Place the drained, soaked beans in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches (about 2 quarts of water for 1 pound of beans). Bring to a boil, skimming off any debris that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 1 to 2 hours (cooking time will vary with the type and age of the bean). Wait until the end of the cooking time to add salt or acidic ingredients, such as tomatoes, vinegar or molasses; these ingredients prevent the beans from softening.



Lentils (brown)


1 cup dry lentils to 3 cups water.


No pre-soaking necessary. Cooking time: 30 minutes.


Red lentils require less cooking time.



Garbanzo Beans (chick peas)


1 cup dry beans to 4 cups water.


Soaked overnight, cooking time is 2-3 hours.



Soybeans


1 cup dry beans to 4 cups water.


Soaked overnight, cooking time is 3 hours.



Black Beans


1 cup dry beans to 4 cups water.


Soaked, cooking time is 60-90 minutes.



Navy Beans


1 cup dry beans to 3 cups water.


Soaked, cooking time is 90 minutes.



Pinto Beans


1 cup dry beans to 3 cups water.


Soaked, cooking time is 2-2 1/2 hours.



Great Northern Beans


1 cup dry beans to 3 cups water.


Unsoaked, cooking time is 90-120 minutes. Soaked, cooking time is 60 minutes.



Kidney Beans


1 cup dry beans to 3 cups water.


Soaked, cooking time is 60+ minutes. Unsoaked, cooking time is 90 minutes.



Lima Beans


1 cup dry beans to 3 cups water.


No soaking required. Cooking time is 90 minutes.



Split Peas


1 cup dry beans to 3 cups water.


No soaking required. Cooking time is 45-75 minutes.



Adzuki Beans


1 cup dry beans to 4 cups water.


Soaked for one hour, cooking time is 1 hour. Unsoaked, cooking time is 90-120 minutes


Pairs Well With


Notes

Beans are full of fiber and contain fabulous mineral profiles. They keep you full for a long time and are a must-have staple for stews, patés, sandwich spreads and more.

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