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Slow-Cooked Beans

Winter 2004

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By cooking your own dried beans, you save money, reduce sodium and get better flavor along with, surprisingly, more vitamins and minerals. If you can't use the whole batch, freeze surplus cooked beans for later use in soups, salads and dips. The range of time for cooking beans is wide and varies with the age and the type of beans selected.



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"I used black eye peas for this recipe. I added some cooked chicken and a package of cream cheese to get the smooth texture and taste to balance the peas. Wonderful! "
Slow-Cooked Beans

10 Reviews for Slow-Cooked Beans

02/02/2012
Anonymous
Alternately...

Rather than going through all of this, just rinse your dry beans and throw 'em in your slow cooker with water and other flavorings. Leave on low while you're at work (~8 hours) and come home to nicely cooked beans. Easy peasy...

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 8 weeks ago

CAREFUL! Do not include salt

CAREFUL! Do not include salt or sugar with those seasonings, because the beans will not absorb water and swell properly unless soaked ahead of time, if they are cooked like this!
And to take the 'gassy' effect out of beans, after soaking, put beans in large sauce pan, cover with water to 2" above the beans, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, bring to a boil until foams, drain and rinse well, repeat the entire process once or twice more.

01/29/2012
Anonymous
Simple, but make sure to boil Kidney Beans!

This works great for black beans...tried it today. But don't you need to boil both red and white kidney beans to get rid of the toxin that's in them?

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Yes, that is an issue with

Yes, that is an issue with crock pot beans. It's not hard to take care of though, if your crock pot will boil on 'high' (mine does)

11/20/2011
Anonymous
Chickpeas/garbanzo beans?

Does this recipe work for chickpeas/garbanzo beans as well?

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11/09/2011
Anonymous
what's the point?

generally slow cookers are for one pot meals that you can throw together and cook while away. The cooking time is from 2 to 3 1/2 hours, so you must be nearby while cooking. why not just use a pot on the stove?

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Anonymous wrote 47 weeks 5 days ago

you can also start with non

you can also start with non boiling water and that will make it take more time to cook. plus, it's pretty hard to over cook beans.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I have a gas stove, so this

I have a gas stove, so this is a better option to use an electric crockpot to cook them instead of running the gas on the stove for that long.

10/09/2011
Easy Basic Recipe

What a simple and easy alternative to costly, high-sodium canned beans! However, if you decide to cook the beans longer, be sure to monitor the water level. Any beans not submerged will burn.

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

I used the quick soak method

I used the quick soak method and cooked the beans for 3 hours on high. The beans were hard as a rock!! Awful!!

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