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Cooking Dry Beans While Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Cooking Dry Beans While Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: What I Learned from America’s Test Kitchen about Brining Beans

Dry Kidney Beans

A few benefits of cooking dried beans at home

  • Dried organic beans usually cost less than canned organic beans.
  • They don’t have any added salt or preservatives unless you add them.
  • When cooked correctly they have a much nicer taste and texture.

We eat lots of beans so of course I want the best value. Best value doesn’t just have to do with cost, taste and textures are also very important. My first few attempts at cooking dry beans were so inauspicious I just gave up. Bridget Lancaster form America’s Test Kitchen saved the day with this video.

brine tub with lid brightBrining beans is the way to go. I have cooked several batched of different kinds of brined beans and there is nothing like the taste and texture of these beans. Every time I test for doneness I am always shocked by the quality. The beans taste so good it’s hard to stop myself from going back for another spoonful.  I really want to share this information with you because I never thought I could get away from buying canned beans and be delighted with the results. This does take a little planning with the whole soaking overnight thing, but it is well worth it. To always have cooked beans on hand I cook about one-two pounds of dry beans (according to package instructions) and freeze them.  Continue reading Cooking Dry Beans While Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Deconstructed Death Jam: A Jammin’ Good Condiment That Should Come With a Warning Label.

Deconstructed Death Jam: A Jammin’ Good Condiment That Should Come With a Warning Label.

And spicy pickles, too.

Deconstructed Death Jam

We like spicy food. No, really. We really, really like spicy food. That burn that’s felt in the mouth that lingers making even someone who doesn’t drink milk want to reach for a glass. That burn that’s telling me absolutely not to take another bite and I do. That burn that actually bites me back.  That burn that can be felt half an hour later in the stomach. That burn that goes something like this… “Sweetie, did I over do it this time?” My husband, rendered speechless, with watering eyes, a look of discomfort, and a cough, shakes his head, no. What more can I say, we like it HOT. Continue reading Deconstructed Death Jam: A Jammin’ Good Condiment That Should Come With a Warning Label.