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Need help- cooking beans with more than just water?

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Need help- cooking beans with more than just water?

TBusidan | May 23, 2011 07:10 AM

Hello all, I was hoping for suggestions on getting more flavor out of dried beans (it's going to be black beans in this particular case, though I suppose this could apply to any type of bean).

I am trying to make vegan & vegetarian bean dishes, and every recipe I've seen calls for cooking beans in water until tender, then using those beans in whatever your final dish is. However, let's say I'm making a black bean burger. I'd love to cook the beans in something more than just water, so that the beans themselves will be infused with more flavor. Most of the dishes I'd be making with beans are not going to be long-simmered, so it's not like there's a lot of flavor developing there.

I've seen suggestions to add a ham hock to the water, but that won't work for me here. I've also seen suggestions to add acids or salt late in the cooking process, but I need more clarification on that...Anyone have good recipes or suggestions they'd be willing to share? Can I just throw some onions and garlic into the water with the beans?

Thanks much...

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