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Old 01-05-2019, 06:58 PM
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Default beans - from scratch

I've been exploring dried beans . . . from scratch.


there are bazillions of bean types -
http://www.foodsubs.com/Beans.html


any favorite seasonings?


I'm trying to avoid the fatty meats / sausage type flavorings in favor of herbs/spices/veggies adds,,,,,
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When I make Cuban style black beans, using dry or canned beans, I always start with a sofrito of onion, garlic and tomato. The onion and garlic are sauteed until softened, during this time I add freshly ground cumin and a dried bay leaf or two. You can also add diced green bell to the onion and garlic if you like. Next I add seeded and chopped fresh tomato and let that cook over med-low heat for a few minutes. Next is the beans which if canned I add with the liquid, fresh get drained after cooking. I use chicken stock to further flavor the beans, but vegetable stock would work as well. Some folks like to add Adobo seasoning, but I like cumin best. I only add salt at the end just before serving. Remove the bay leaves and serve with long grain cooked rice. I use this recipe for refried beans, frying in Manteca (lard) and adding Cotija cheese.
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cumin seems to be the 'identifying' spice for latin american dishes - we like it but in smaller qtys that often used...



thanks for the ideas - we're not 'against' meat, just trying to keep it low(er) fat - so a beef or chicken stock would definitely bring some flavor to the party.


I've used canned beans many times - but I'm finding the dry from scratch does better for texture - canned beans are,,,uhmmm,,,, canned - and sometimes to mush.
and the flavors are better controlled methinks - one doesn't have to overcome the 'canned taste' - seems most canners have a 'stock seasoning' selection of salt+chem lab...
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Smoked turkey parts.

I now use them in my greens instead of pork hocks.

Lee
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Smoked turkey parts.

I now use them in my greens instead of pork hocks.

Lee
Couldn't find any ham hocks so went with smoked, meaty, pork neck bones.
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