Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Cooking Kidney Beans in the Instant Pot

Why bother?  Cans are available?  

Simple, I use beans, Black Beans as well for myself, Kidney Beans in the Dog's Food at a rate of two cans a week.
Each can runs between $2 and $3 each.  They're prepared with Salt sometimes as a preservative. 

A bag of dry beans runs $8, and will make about 12 cans worth, minimum.  You do the math.  Plus Dry Beans keep for at least a year. 

Mind you, I am not like that grandma you hear about making beans all Sunday.  I use an Instant Pot or a Crock Pot Express and it makes a batch in about 45 minutes.  Both are pressure cookers and this is an awesome use for the "gadget".

Ingredients: It is a simple ratio:

3 parts water
1 part dry beans
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

My pressure cookers will comfortably cook 4 cups beans/12 cups water and yield just under 5 cans worth at 425g or 15 ounces per batch.  It's making Black Beans right now!

High Pressure for 30 minutes, then release the pressure manually.

Result: is Kidney Beans that will be cooked tender, if a bit too tender.  The "Beans Button" will give you 20 minutes.  I always increase it to around 35 minutes as the beans I need have to be mashed in to a paste for the Dog Food recipe.  If you want a firmer bean, cook them for less time. 

Black Beans are similar, however other types require less time.  Lentils will cook in about 4 minutes under pressure, Black Beans in 35 minutes. 

As for the Black Beans?  Add 3.5 ounces (100g) to a bowl, warm them, add onion to taste, 2 ounces/56g of your favorite salsa, a wee bit of hot sauce, heat the mix up, mash them all up and have them on a soft tortilla.  I always add 2 ounces of sharp cheese to the mix and serve with 3 tortillas. 

There, Dinner is sorted!

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