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I still love me a good bean.

I spent a whole day replenishing my dwindling bean supply.

I think this method is a must for those who insist on fresh beans (boycott the can!) but are rubbish when it comes to planning ahead.

This way your yummy legumes are good-to-go at a moment’s notice.  Just soak them in boiling water for a minute or two and Bob’s your uncle!

good for your heart

I did six types this go (black, pinto, romano, black eyed peas, navy and white kidney).  They, along with the beans I did in the last batch, (garbanzo, red kidney, adzuki and mung) now take up every available inch in my deep freeze.

The whole process is a little tedious and time consuming, but I promise, you’ll thank me later.

Method:

Soak the beans overnight.  Unfortunately, since different beans all have different cooking times, you have to do them all separate.

Rinse the soaked beans under cool water.

Add beans, water (about 2 inches over the top of your beans) and a 4″ piece of kombu to a stock pot.  Cover and cook until done.  Kombu can be found at most asian groceries as well as health food stores.  It not only increases the nutritive value of beans, but also the digestibility.  If, however, you’re a fan of letting each little bean *sing*, by all means, omit this ingredient.

Pour cooked beans into a large colander and rinse well.

Spread beans on clean tea towels and let air dry.

Store cooked, dry beans in Ziploc freezer bags and freeze.   You can store them type-specific or mix them all together.

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About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

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