Kitchen Smarts: Featured Recipe & Tips: Beans
Buy beans from a busy market with a steady turnover. Freshness does count, even for dried beans. Older ones will tend to take longer to cook.
Transfer dried beans to a glass jar and stick a couple of dried Chile peppers in with them. The chilies will keep any pantry bugs from invading your beans.
To Sort & Rinse:
Spread beans out in a single layer and pick out any shriveled or discolored beans. Dump beans into a large bowl or stock pot of water and swirl around. Discard any beans that float to the top. Drain.
Cover rinsed and sorted beans with 4 times the volume of cold water and set aside for 6-8 hours or overnight, until beans have doubled in size. When one is cut open, it should be moist all the way through. Drain and cook as desired. Note: Lima and Pinto beans do not generally need soaking.
Featured Recipe-Mean Bean Casserole
1 pound ground beef
2 medium onions
4 slices bacon
1/2 jalapeno, diced
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 large can pork and beans
Peel and dice apples and onions. In a skillet, add ground beef, apples, onions, jalapeno and diced bacon and sauté until onions become translucent. Add barbecue sauce, pork and beans and cook until hot throughout. Serve!