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User: budget_gourmet (posted by elyssa)
Date: 2012-09-05 13:49
Subject: Dried beans
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Tags:indian food
I realize I could just use Google to look this up (and I have), but I feel like asking real people might motivate me more since it would take some of the guesswork out of whether something really works or not. I am very interested in your personal experiences. I also hope this helps revitalize this amazing community :)

I have a bunch of dried beans lying around the house that I'd love to use and just feel... stuck with. I don't really know where to start with them. Do I soak them? Do they rehydrate if I'm using a slow cooker? Think your basic newbie questions.

We have a variety of beans in smallish quantities since I wanted to get a feeling for how much thought they really take in advance of using them before buying truly in bulk. My husband and I don't always put a lot of thought into what we're going to make for dinner until the last possible second so I don't know if dried beans are right for us.

We have a slow cooker but not a pressure cooker.

So... does anyone have any recipes or handling tips? I'm particularly interested in Indian recipes (we have lentils) and in how to make amazing chili that is better than the stuff I make with canned beans.
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User: aimingforpeace
Date: 2012-09-05 21:54 (UTC)
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Sorry I can't help with lentils, but black beans, red beans and garbanzo beans I do all the time.

I usually soak beans for overnight or about 4 hours. I just fill it up to about an inch or so from the top of my crock. I don't rinse or drain them. Then I Cook them on high for about 4 hours and low until I feel like they're done.

Or high until I remember to check on them by which point they are done.

I usually do a bag at a time and then freeze the leftovers. Even with my supreme neglect and lack of measuring time or quantities or adding any seasoning, they are a heck of a lot better than canned beans.

Garbanzo beans are a little less forgiving about being over cooked than the others, but they still have good flavor!
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rainfae
User: rainfae
Date: 2012-09-06 03:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Is it possible for beans to get so old that you can't rehydrate them? Maybe that's a stupid question, but I swear I: soaked overnight and plus a few hours, boiled them for at least 8 hours, and they still were hard and chewy!
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x_creepy_doll_x
User: x_creepy_doll_x
Date: 2012-09-06 21:46 (UTC)
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If you tried all that and got unacceptable results, I think yr going to have to throw them out and buy fresh ones. :(
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rainfae: blue micro cat
User: rainfae
Date: 2012-09-08 03:25 (UTC)
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Glad I'm not crazy! LOL.
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User: aimingforpeace
Date: 2012-09-06 22:06 (UTC)
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Yeah... I haven't had that happen personally, but I do know that they have expiration dates. Usually that means to me that a product can go bad..
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rainfae: micro cat
User: rainfae
Date: 2012-09-08 03:25 (UTC)
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I'll be sure to check :)
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rainfae
User: rainfae
Date: 2012-09-13 05:10 (UTC)
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My favorite recipe with lentils is a 'beans on toast' type of thing. :) Tomato sauce with the lentils, spice to taste. Stew until nice and soft and then pour over a slice of buttered toast. Mmm.
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