Beans are often a neglected food. They're usually cast as the supporting player in a meal, taking a back seat to the ever popular beef or chicken. Beans are loaded with fiber and protein and should be the centerpiece of a hearty and satisfying main course.
Cooking with beans is both easy and economical. Consider this, a pound of dry beans usually cost a fraction of canned. The average price of a can of beans is around $1.00 and yields about a cup. The price of a pound of dried beans is around $1.15 or less, and yields about 3 cups.
Are they worth the bother, you ask? I would say so. Beans cook easily and once they're cooked, you can incorporate them into so many of your favorite recipes.
Contrary to what many people think, beans don't need to be soaked in water overnight before cooking. By using the quick soak method, beans can be ready to cook on the same day you want to cook them.
To quick soak beans, first rinse and sort through the beans. Dried beans are dirty and sometimes you'll find little rocks mixed in with the beans. Simply put the beans in a colander, rinse them off and pick out any rocks and bad looking beans.
Place the rinsed beans in a large pot...
Cover the beans with 2-inches of water. Bring the water to a boil and continue cooking the beans for two minutes.
Remove the pot of beans from the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let the beans stand for one hour.
After an hour, drain and rinse the beans in a colander. Now, you're ready to cook them in your favorite recipe.
Here are a few of our favorite bean recipes: