Thursday, November 10, 2011

How to Slow Cook Dried BEANS!!!

Many of you may already know how to cook beans from dried, and you also may have assumed that I did, too... but... Here's a confession:

...This last weekend was the very first time I have ever attempted to cook my own beans.  Yep, you read that correctly!  I have been eating canned beans since the beginning of my bean obsession, which began around the time that I started this blog and learned about The Kind Diet (vegan eating).

I always drained and rinsed my beans, so I don't think they were terrible for me or anything, but I knew deep down that it would probably be healthier to actually cook my own beans from dry beans.

What was holding me back from trying? 

I was afraid that it would be too difficult and time consuming.  I admit that I am a lazy vegan.  I would use the excuse that I'm just way too busy to cook, but the truth is that I've been avoiding cooking for years, and some of those years were not busy at all.  (Of course now I actually AM extremely busy so that excuse really works!)

Anyway, the point of this blog entry:  An EASY recipe for cooking dried beans!

Trust me, if this lazy vegan could do it, pretty much anyone can. 

I have this new cookbook to thank for the recipe-

I won this awesome book in a giveaway over on Rae's blog!

So far, I am loving it!!!  Every recipe looks simple and doable.  I won a crockpot at Stacey's office holiday party last December, and this is the first time I've ever used it. 

Here's the recipe:

Dry Beans From Scratch

1 pound dried beans

Rinse the beans, and make sure there are no little rocks that might have been missed.  Place in the slow cooker and add water to come about 3 inches (7.5 cm) above the beans.  Cook on low overnight, or for 6 to 8 hours.

After you cook the beans once in your slow cooker, you'll be able to determine whether you need to use less water (about 2 inches [5 cm], instead of 3 inches [7.5 cm]).  It will vary depending on how hot your slow cooker runs.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the beans if there is extra water.

Yield: 4.5 to 5 cups
Total prep time: 5 minutes
Total cooking time: 6 to 8 hours

my beans a'cookin! (I used a bag of dried mix beans, including pinto and great northern)
the finished product.  I was so proud!

mixed with barley, rice, tomatoes and EVOO!

mixed with barley, rice, lots of steamed veggies, and EVOO
So, in conclusion, if you are looking for a good cookbook to go with a slow cooker, I highly recommend this one.  I will be sharing more recipes in the future!


Cyn said...

i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee beans in the crock pot -- lentils & black-eye peas are my faves!

Megan said...

I wish I liked beans :( I can't even eat chili because of the texture of the beans. Boo.

Rae said...

Nice to see an easy recipe for making your own beans. I am also guilty of being lazy and using drained and rinsed beans for the past few years as a vegetarian. I am also on the lazy side in the kitchen when I get busy.

Going to try this method as soon as I run out of canned beans. Much easier than the method I used the one time that I made homemade beans. I like that no pre-soaking is required. Thanks for sharing and glad you are enjoying your new book.

Mariebop said...

Thanks for sharing! I use canned beans as well. Probably because it takes no planning. However, this is great for you since you eat beans everyday. Enjoy your lower sodium intake! :P