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Old 10-04-2010, 07:50 PM   #1
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I have tried and tried and tried to add more beans into my life. But everything I try is just not that great. Dried beans are SO cheap, so I would love to use them. But I have tried the soaking over night thing, and they still aren't that great.
I really would love to just throw them in my crockpot, cook a big thing of them, and then have them in a tupperware to add to any meals. How do I cook them in the crockpot...anyone know?
I would appreciate any advice!
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throw them in the crockpot, cover with water by 3-4 inches, turn on high or low until soft.

easy peasy.

i usually throw in some garlic, an onion and maybe some celery to the crockpot to flavor them a little, but it isn't necessary.
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So does that replace soaking them then? And I have heard red beans have some dangereous gas they release, so does this work for red beans too? Your idea sounds great actually.
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I think the only reason to soak and rinse is your own digestive system. We eat lots of beans all the time so don't bother soaking at all. I either crockpot or pressure cook them. If I'm home I put the beans and water in the crockpot first and cook for a few hours, then I add tomatoes, veggie sausage, spices, etc and cook more. If I'm not home I throw it all in before I go and it seems to work just as well. If I'm adding grains I usually wait until a couple of hours before the end just because they can soak all the liquid up and cause sticking.

There are some tried and true recipes in the crockpot section.
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I think some people just don't like them Try this recipe linked here. This has been my on plan breakfast now for months. It is a lot like having oatmeal in the mornings, that kind of comfort food feel. I reheat them with some shredded monterrey jack cheese on top. You can also add a poached egg or put them in a whole wheat tortilla. I love beans in soups. Try that too. Black beans are my favorite.
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Have you tried the oven roasted garbanzo beans from Kayln's Kitchen? What about black bean brownies? I make my own hummus, though the serving per day I think is only 2 tbsp. because of the tahini and olive oil content. I also make a big pot of calico beans every once and a while when we want that BBQ side dish kind-of fix. I took a family recipe and just subbed in SB-friendly ingredients such as no-sugar-added ketchup, sugar free pancake syrup, brown sugar splenda, and turkey bacon along with multiple kinds of beans. It's one of my husband's favorite dishes now.

I used canned beans much more frequently than dried. I just rinse them off in a colander and give a good toss to get rid of extra liquid. Just read the ingredients to make sure that there isn't any added sugar. I don't have the patience to do dried beans, and I don't own a pressure cooker to speed the process up!
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Just want to be sure to say don't add any salt until you are finished in the crock pot, unless you want tougher skins on your beans

I also don't soak mine and I usually take several hours out of a day every other month or so and just make a ton of beans in the pressure cooker, then I put them in freezer bags after they cool and freeze so I have them on hand whenever I need them. I just throw them in a pot with a bit of water cover and heat! So worth the effort in the long run... its a LOT cheaper and also I don't have to get all that extra sodium that comes with the cans ;0)
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The purpose of soaking overnight is quicker cooking time...so you really only need to soak bigger beans...like red beans if you want to.

The way I do mine is to saute onions, garlic, celery and bellpepper along with some turkey bacon in a little olive oil. Throw the sauted veggies and a pack of dried beans into a crock pot. Add some creole seasoning (I like Zaterains) and a bay leaf or two and cover with chicken stock or veggie stock and let them cook all day either in a crock pot or on the stove. Add some tabasco when serving (or not according to taste)
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I really like black beans as well...Ive always used kidney beans in chilis and soups till I discovered black beans. They arnt as mealy as other beans.
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Garbanzo beans are my favorite!
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Have you tried the oven roasted garbanzo beans from Kayln's Kitchen? What about black bean brownies? I make my own hummus, though the serving per day I think is only 2 tbsp. because of the tahini and olive oil content. I also make a big pot of calico beans every once and a while when we want that BBQ side dish kind-of fix. I took a family recipe and just subbed in SB-friendly ingredients such as no-sugar-added ketchup, sugar free pancake syrup, brown sugar splenda, and turkey bacon along with multiple kinds of beans. It's one of my husband's favorite dishes now.

I used canned beans much more frequently than dried. I just rinse them off in a colander and give a good toss to get rid of extra liquid. Just read the ingredients to make sure that there isn't any added sugar. I don't have the patience to do dried beans, and I don't own a pressure cooker to speed the process up!
A word of warning, though...brown sugar splenda is not SB friendly. It contains real brown sugar. I wanna say it was "brown sugar twin" or something like that that people recommend. OR you can take 3/4 cup of splenda and mix in a tablespoon of sugar free maple syrup and let it sit for about 10 minutes and you'll have your own SB friendly brown sugar.
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