Posts Tagged ‘dried’

Give Beans a Chance

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Tongue of Fire - Fresh Shell Beans

Tongue of Fire - Fresh Shell Beans

Tuesday Tip – Give Beans a Chance

Beans are good for you.  Canned, dried, or fresh, they are relatively inexpensive.  Full of fiber and low in fat, beans fill you up.  However, beans aren’t always a favorite food.  Growing up I was not a fan.  I liked my chili without beans, or as my mom would say, “You like hamburger soup.”
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Fresh Herbs to Dried

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Dried Mint

Dried Mint

Tuesday Tip

Fresh Herbs to Dried

When you buy fresh herbs and they just begin to wilt or turn brown you don’t need to toss them.  Hang them upside down for a few days in a cool area to dry (but not in the refrigerator).  They will keep for quite a while in a paper bag.  To use them just crunch them up in your hand over the dish you are cooking and dried bits of herbs will fall into your dish.
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Cranberry Beans

Sunday, September 12th, 2010
Cooked Cranberry Beans

Cooked Cranberry Beans

Dried beans are one of the cheapest sources of protein.  One pound of dried beans will yield 5-6 cups of cooked beans, enough for about 10-12 servings.  They are great for a crowd or for leftovers.  Cooking a small or large amount takes the same amount of time and effort.  Even though you need to plan ahead, most of the bean cooking (and soaking) requires little to no attention, so it is also very easy.

I use to think beans were bland, but as long as you season them they will have amazing flavor.  It is also worth spending a little more money on higher quality heirloom beans, like Rancho Gordo, which will have more flavor (and still end up costing about the same price as canned beans for the same amount).  Beans are a great base to use with any seasonings and spices.  Here is a general recipe for cooking beans to get you started.  Adding different spices will change the flavor.
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