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Bean Basics

Whether you’re stocking your pantry or found some dried beans buried on a back shelf and are wondering what to do with them, we’ve got you covered. Packed with nutrients and low-cost, beans and lentils can easily be prepared in batches, stored for later use, or enjoyed right away.

 

Follow these easy steps for preparing beans and lentils at home!

1. Clean

  • Before soaking, sort through dried beans, peas, or lentils.
  • Throw out any that are discolored or shriveled.

2. Soak

To soak quickly:

  • Fill a pot with water. Add beans. Bring to a boil.
  • Boil beans for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off. Cover, and let sit for one hour.
  • Drain the soaking water. Rinse the beans.

To soak overnight:

  • Fill a bowl with 3 cups cold water per 1 cup beans.
  • Soak beans for 8 to 12 hours at room temperature.
  • Drain the soaking water. Rinse the beans.

3. Cook

  • Add enough water to cover dry beans, peas, or lentils by two inches.
  • Simmer the beans for 30 minutes to 2 hours, until cooked. You may need to
  • add water to keep beans from drying out.
  • Beans, peas, and lentils are done when they are easy to break open with a fork.

4. Store

  • Use right away. Or, store in refrigerator or freezer.
  • When you are ready to use frozen beans, defrost and prepare like canned beans.

Bean Basics

Whether you’re stocking your pantry or found some dried beans buried on a back shelf and are wondering what to do with them, we’ve got you covered. Packed with nutrients and low-cost, beans and lentils can easily be prepared in batches, stored for later use, or enjoyed right away.

 

Follow these easy steps for preparing beans and lentils at home!

1. Clean

  • Before soaking, sort through dried beans, peas, or lentils.
  • Throw out any that are discolored or shriveled.

2. Soak

To soak quickly:

  • Fill a pot with water. Add beans. Bring to a boil.
  • Boil beans for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off. Cover, and let sit for one hour.
  • Drain the soaking water. Rinse the beans.

To soak overnight:

  • Fill a bowl with 3 cups cold water per 1 cup beans.
  • Soak beans for 8 to 12 hours at room temperature.
  • Drain the soaking water. Rinse the beans.

3. Cook

  • Add enough water to cover dry beans, peas, or lentils by two inches.
  • Simmer the beans for 30 minutes to 2 hours, until cooked. You may need to
  • add water to keep beans from drying out.
  • Beans, peas, and lentils are done when they are easy to break open with a fork.

4. Store

  • Use right away. Or, store in refrigerator or freezer.
  • When you are ready to use frozen beans, defrost and prepare like canned beans.

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