Things I learned cooking beans for a year

I know a lot of people cook beans every day for most of their lives. But for me it was new. So, things I learned:

  • a standard 15oz can of beans contains 1.75 cups of beans
  • canned and cooked-from-dry beans are interchangeable in most recipes
  • 1 cup of dried beans becomes 3 cups of cooked beans
  • when cooking beans from dry, use 4 cups of water for 1 cup of beans
  • soaking dry beans before cooking them isn’t necessary
  • cooking dry beans in a pressure cooker is fun and convenient, and cooking them in a pot on the stove is fun too. Both make your house smell great; add water, a tablespoon of salt, a dollop of olive oil, and a bay leaf.
  • the bean cooking water is delicious
  • eating lots of beans tends to cause you to eat more vegetarian, except that it also tends to cause you to eat a lot more bacon
  • there are so many kinds of beans! beans have so many names!
  • budget grocery stores have a great selections of canned and dry beans
  • your Indian grocery store might deliver and it opens up a whole world of possibilities with curry leaves and paneer and exciting snacks
  • beans are grown in Canada and the USA but they aren’t often available as local produce. BC doesn’t grow many beans except for planting.
  • you can grow 1 small serving of beans (63 beans) per summer if you plant four containers of bush beans on your deck
  • don’t bother with black bean brownie recipes that are just beans and eggs; the texture is bad, they need flour or oats.
  • 10g of fiber in a meal is good, 3g of fiber in a cookie is great
  • you can replace half the flour and/or oil in many baking recipes with the same volume of mashed beans
  • mashing beans with a fork or potato masher works well, but your teenager will like it better if you puree properly in the blender
  • PlanToEat is great for recipe storage, meal planning, and grocery list generating; MyFitnessPal is good for calculating calories in recipes.
  • you can usually add more beans than the recipe calls for 🙂

ps favourite recipes here

Published by Heather Piwowar

Cofounder of @our_research, the nonprofit behind Unsub, Unpaywall, and other tools to power open science. she/her. Adore cookies+cycling+reading+my fam.

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