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Value at Home — Cooking Dried Beans

By Paige Brady, October 1, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

Everyone talks about beans being a great value source of protein, but not everyone knows how to get them on the table easily. In this podcast, we asked nutritionist and natural foods chef Alana Sugar to demystify the process of cooking dried beans. Listen in to find out how and if you want more details, check out our Beans 101.  Once your beans are cooked, you can freeze them and use in any recipe calling for canned beans. Here are a few of our favorite bean-based recipes. What are yours?




aissa galoso says ...
those are great recipes. i used to have one for adzuki beans but can't locate it right now. i remember having to soak for them a looooong period of time for rehydration.
10/03/2008 11:20:10 AM CDT
Julie Streckert says ...
One of my favorite dry bean meals to make is a spicy black bean soup. To stretch the family dollar even further on this already extremely economical dinner, (we enjoy leftover soup for 2-3 days using 2 lbs. of dry black beans), I withold an additional 3-4 big spoonfuls of the soupto make homemade black bean burgers (by adding 1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs to form 6-8 small-medium or 4-5 very large burger patties--coat with olive oil and grill or bake in the oven at 400 degrees: 15 min. each side.) FYI: the leftover burger patties also freeze very well!
10/16/2008 12:42:15 AM CDT
Sandra R says ...
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
09/09/2009 12:18:52 PM CDT
Vegetable Herb Garden says ...
Where did the bean recipes go? They're gone, I'm not getting anything but an error message when I click on the links... :(
02/19/2010 8:47:16 PM CST
vaughnm says ...
They seem to work now; try again. These recipes are certainly worth the effort!
03/18/2010 10:17:20 AM CDT
gaga says ...
01/31/2011 12:40:47 PM CST
Cindy Drozda says ...
I'm curious whether I should keep and use the water from cooking pre-soaked and drained dry beans. What nutrition is in this cooking water? Is there anything undesirable? Some say that the cooking water causes gas, even if the pre-soaking water has been drained off and fresh water added for cooking. Anyone know what the answer is? Thank you!
05/31/2011 11:57:55 PM CDT
Lakshmi Sukumar says ...
Hi Ms.Brady, I read your article on Beans 101.It is an informative article.I would like to add some info on the dried beans.In addition to soaking the beans for atleast 8 hours, you could cook the beans in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes,with little bit of water to cover it.The beans will be perfectly done.This is much more a time saver, than having to sit near a pot for 1-2 hours. Hope this helps. Regards Lakshmi
09/09/2013 6:48:58 AM CDT