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