Learn How to Prepare Dried Beans

A freshly cooked pot of beans on a wood tabletop.

There’s nothing better than cooking from the comfort of your own home. Inside our Jessup apartments, our first-class kitchens will make for a joyful home-cooking experience. If you’re interested in learning more about cooking with non-perishables, dried beans are a great staple to have in your pantry. Read on to learn how to prepare dried beans.

Why Beans?

There is an incredible variety of delicious and nutritious beans. They have a great shelf-life, so this is the perfect item to stock up on for spending more time at home. Beans are also low in calories, yet high in protein, fiber, and healthy carbohydrates. With red beans, black beans, white beans, pinto beans, and garbanzo beans, you can choose from a wide assortment of healthy and tasty options.

Preparation

When you’re ready to prepare a fresh pot of beans, there are two ways to soften dried legumes. Soak them overnight or pressure-cook them. Begin by rinsing and picking over the beans to remove any pebbles or other matter that may have snuck in. If you’re choosing to soak them, cover the beans with about one inch of water, before allowing them to soak overnight.

One way to speed up this process is to bring the pot of beans and water to a boil, turn the burner off, cover the pot, and let them sit for an hour or two. Follow directions for your pressure cooker to tenderize beans even more rapidly.

Bean Dishes

Once the beans are softened, they can be used in many flavorful recipes. Try some of these yummy preparations, and you can eat beans every day and never get bored:

  1. Season red beans with salt and pepper. Add onions, garlic, and any fresh or dried spices and herbs you have on hand plus a half cup of water per cup of softened beans (a bit more if beans are still a little tough). Let simmer 45 minutes to one hour. Serve alone or over rice.
  2. Add garlic and ginger (fresh or dried) to black beans and cook as above. Season with salt and chili powder. This preparation is particularly good with tortilla chips.
  3. Make split pea soup by adding two cups of canned chicken broth to two cups of peas. You can add bits of smoked ham to the mixture and let it cook over low heat for an hour or more. Cubed Spam also works well here. Add it about 30 minutes before the soup is done. 

Whether you want to learn to prepare dried beans or would rather cozy up and order out from the restaurants near our brand new apartments in Maryland, living is easy here at The Elms at Shannon’s Glen. Contact us for more information today.

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