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Old 10-06-2014, 06:46 PM   #31
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Durr! I meant "....MORE anti-social effects of eating beans...."!!!
..........brings to mind the campfire baked beans part in Blazing Saddles....
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:20 PM   #32
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Thanks for the responses, everybody.

I think I'm just going to have to try making beans from dry for once. The idea of making lots and freezing them makes the idea more attractive, for sure. Great pro tip!

When using frozen beans, is it recommended to let them thaw first, or can I just toss the bean block into the pan? :)
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Old 10-07-2014, 02:16 PM   #33
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When using frozen beans, is it recommended to let them thaw first, or can I just toss the bean block into the pan? :)
I've done both. It's usually better if they are at least partially thawed, but I've also thrown frozen "bean bricks" into a pot before. Regardless, just add a little water (or broth) when cooking from frozen. For some reason they always seem to thicken up a bit and lose some moisture.
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:18 PM   #34
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Dried beans

I prefer to cook my own dried beans, except if I'm pinched for time. My usual method is to rinse, cover with salted water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let them sit for an hour or two. Pour that water out through a colander and rinse again. Cover with water again (no salt this time) and pressure cook for 6 - 10 minutes, depending on the type of bean. Quick release the steam, pour through the colander and rinse again. Adding salt to the initial boil and soak keeps the skins tender. I have no problems with flatulence with this method either and the beans taste great.
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:21 PM   #35
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Also, I add a 1/2 TBS of cooking oil to the water when pressure cooking to keep the frothing down.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:05 AM   #36
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Thanks for the responses, everybody.

I think I'm just going to have to try making beans from dry for once. The idea of making lots and freezing them makes the idea more attractive, for sure. Great pro tip!

When using frozen beans, is it recommended to let them thaw first, or can I just toss the bean block into the pan? :)
I freeze the beans on cookie sheets and then pack them into zippies--that way, they are pretty much separated so I can grab a handful to put in a container to take for lunch at my clients' sites. By the time I'm ready to eat my tossed salad, the beans are thawed and I can mix them in (I put my salad in the clients' lunchroom fridges when I'm there).For soups, etc., I just dump a bunch of bean in--sometimes they are frozen together, but not as a brick.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:38 AM   #37
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I got a hankering for pintos the other night, but when I looked at the bag of beans, there was some movement in there
. Got to checking and every bag of beans/grain in the pantry had bugs.

Sometimes cans are better. :)
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:08 PM   #38
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Ewwww. Thanks for the headsup, Sparrowgrass!
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:10 PM   #39
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I just recently bought some barley for lamb stew, but I am going to check and get them into the freezer until I need them. Thanks!
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I got a hankering for pintos the other night, but when I looked at the bag of beans, there was some movement in there
. Got to checking and every bag of beans/grain in the pantry had bugs.

Sometimes cans are better. :)

Hmmmm... Free protein.


I do lot's of dried beans because I can control what's added and they are cheaper.

Haven't had sparrowgrass's problem but if I did then canned beans would move up on the list.

Canned is the way to go for convenience and lack of time.

Dried is the way to go for experimentation and personalization of taste.

CWS, I think your method of freezing is great and I'm going to start using it. Thanks. Sometimes something so simple is not seen. I'm tired of the "Block" of beans and a sheet pan looks to be the answer.

As far as flatulence and beans goes. Don't notice any difference between discarding the soaking water or using it.

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