Complete Guide to Cooking Dried Beans from Scratch

Instructions for cleaning, soaking, inspecting for insects, and cooking dried beans, peas and legumes in the microwave, crockpot, pressure cooker and pot. Beans and legumes are among the healthiest foods you can eat. A vegetable protein, they contain fewer pesticides than animal products. They’re low in fat, and are versatile enough to absorb flavor from a wide variety of flavors and spices. With so many warnings about chemicals in canned foods, now might be the time to make the switch to home-cooked beans.Dried beans are usually very cheap, although they take a while to cook so consider energy usage when making price comparisons. Make a large quantity and freeze to make the effort worthwhile. I’ll give a few methods.

The following instructions apply to kidney beans, chickpeas, dried peas, black-eyed peas, white (navy) beans, black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, fava beans, and lentils.

Cook While You Rest: Four Ways to Get Started When You are Short on Time

It’s Tuesday, the day for Time-Saving Tips and Techniques at Today I share techniques to get a jump start on cooking, with just a few minutes of investment. Allow chemical processes to do the work until you can give the recipe more attention. Soak beans. Soaking cuts cooking time and lessens flatulence. To prepare […]

Save Money by Eating Less Meat and More Vegetable Protein

Animal proteins, including eggs, dairy products, meat, fish and poultry, are usually the most expensive part of our food budgets.

Sometimes people think that in order to eat less meat, they need to become vegetarian or make vegetarian meals more often. This is one approach. But you can still choose to include small amounts of meat or other animal protein in most meals. What counts is how much you eat over the course of an average day.