A while back I purchased 3 bags of dry beans from the local dollar store. I watched one of those survival shows, and when I saw the beans at the store, decided I should have some of those in my pantry - just in case. In other words, it was an impulse
So yesterday I decided it's time to get one of those bags and cook 'em. I selected the Northern Beans, and put them in a bowl to soak for 24 hours. I thought the beans looked tiny, but WOW, they have increased to double or triple the size. I drained,
and rinsed again, and now they are in the crock pot with a celery rib, half onion, and some baby carrots.
Hurry up and wait.... Blog in process.
After a long dogwalk, the top of the pot of beans was foamy. My wonderful Buzz friends told me that that's normal. So I stirred them, reduced the heat from high to normal, and left the house to do errands.
I've just returned home, and the house has a wonderful aroma of bean soup. I sampled a bite. They taste normal, but still not fully soft, but it's only 3:30.
I was just checking my new-used High Altitude Cookbook... My beans will take longer than the norm because of the lower boiling temp. But, I can see through the lid that they are simmering nicely.
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Okay the beans are done and I got the stamp of approval from my teenage son. We had a bowl each with some fresh onions and ground pepper on top.
I will put the rest of them away and make the burgers tomorrow.
Time to get back to my beans again. I reduced the bean burger recipe from 15 to 5 servings. Now don't get upset, but I don't follow directions exactly. As Captain Barbosa said about the pirates code, "They're really more like guidelines." (Movie:
Pirates of the Caribbean)
So, as I noted on the Buzz yesterday, I didn't have any veggie broth, so I tossed in a celery rib, half onion, and some baby carrots while the beans were cooking. Now today, I don't have stuffing mix, but I have some sourdough rye bread. I'll just cube
a few slices and use that - think I'll crisp them up a bit in the oven first - 350*, 10-15 minutes.
... I drained as per directions, and left the carrots & celery in with the beans, and then decided to use a handful of dried onions instead of chopping and sauteing. So now I have a blender full of bean goop.
Whole wheat flour - check. Still a little goopy... I'll mix the corn meal in, and let the mixture sit in the fridge (covered) until I'm ready to make dinner this evening.
Burger time! I offered veggie burgers to my kids, but they both chose beef :-/ Oh well. The burger tasted good - average. The goop could also be used as a dip or sandwich spread. Mostly, I enjoyed the process and interacting with others online while
I prepared everything. Picture posted. Blog done.