Cooking With Dried Beans
The main consideration when cooking dry beans is what consistency you desire for the final outcome - firm, soft, or creamy. You simply need to watch how long you cook the beans for. All of our dried beans are very versatile and interchangeable in all sorts of dishes, from gourmet bean salads, to Huevos Rancheros, to southern baked beans with pork hocks. You can even make baked goodies like black bean brownies and white bean cakes; really yummy treats! So don’t be shy, experiment!
Soaking – the tale of three techniques (techniques and testimonials)
Regular Soaking: our beans are fresh dried beans, and as such, they will cook up more quickly than beans that are brought in from other parts of the world and remain in warehouses and store shelves for years. The reason for this is quite simple, as beans continue to lose moisture as they sit.
The regular soak time for Blackshire Gardens dried beans is 4-6 hours or overnight. Drain the soaking water and cook in fresh water. Or add to a slow cooker or baking dish and cook the beans in the broth or sauce.
Quick Soaking Tip: If you forget to soak your beans, you can always do a rush job. Simply rinse the dried beans as usual and put them in a pot with lots of water covering the beans. Set the pot on the stove on high with the lid ajar--as the beans come to a boil they foam up and can easily overflow the pot if the lid is on tight. Once the water has come to a boil, turn the heat off, cover with a lid and leave for an hour. After one hour, rinse the beans, and they are now ready to use as if they have soaked for 4-6 hours, either to cook up on the stovetop or in the oven depending on the dish.
No Soak: Yes, it can be done! This is the fastest way to prepare beans, as there is no soaking time involved. Simply rinse the beans and then cook in fresh water. You will need to add at least a half hour to the cook time if using this method. Other benefits include more flavour, because the flavour compounds are not being rinsed away. A drawback of this method is that for some people, depending on your gut flora, you may end up experiencing more gas. If you are cooking the beans in broth or sauce, the beans draw will draw more of the flavour into themselves. You can read more about this method of cooking beans here.