In other words, should I cook the beans alone and then add them to sauteed bacon/onions/garlic, or cook the beans with the bacon from the very begining? Also, does anyone have any great black bean recipes? Thanks.
Steve Sando, bean impresario behind Rancho Gordo, outlines the steps from beans in a bag to glorious pot o’ beans. Dried beans may not be fresh, per se, but the ones you're using shouldn’t be more than two years old. Soak them first, and then use the soaking water to cook them. A quick, hard boil followed by a long, slow simmer will get them cooked up right. (Click here for Steve's bean-cooking recipe.)
Hummus Made with Dried Beans Is Better Than Canned
Donna Sky, owner of the Love & Hummus Co., shares a quick tip for those of you who make hummus at home. In fact, two tips: One is that dried beans are best. And that old tin of baking soda may have just found a whole new purpose ...