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Rice and Beans

I'd like to start preparing my meals for the workweek in a batch on Sundays, to be refrigerated and microwaved as needed. I'm looking for a specific rice and bean-based recipe (type(s) of bean, optimal ratio of rice to beans, cooking time) that's cheap and nutritionally complete. That is to say, I'd like to be able to eat this for about half of my meals in a week and remain healthy.
posted by phrontist on Dec 14, 2013 - 12 answers

I'm dumb. How many cups of beans?

The recipe says "2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight". Does it mean 2 cups of the beans after soaking, or before soaking? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Nov 13, 2013 - 13 answers

So wait. People can hold farts in?!?

I have made it to middle age without realizing that other people are capable of holding in their flatulence until a time and location where it can be expelled without offending greater society. My body does not work this way. After a small window of warning, they just. Come. Out. Am I a freak of nature? How did my bowels never learn this marvelous trick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2013 - 52 answers

Can I Eat It? Sprouted Beans Edition

The pinto beans have been "soaking" for about 36 hours at room temperature. I opened the pot and saw that the beans have expanded past the water level, and the ones on top (out of the water) have sprouted. I know some people eat sprouted beans on purpose. Is it OK that the soaked beans have been exposed to the warm/room temperature air for maybe 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Aug 31, 2013 - 6 answers

Is it worth it to spring for certified organic vanilla?

Are vanilla beans typically or ever grown with commercial pesticides or fertilizers? Assuming you prefer certified organic stuff when possible, are vanilla beans worth getting organic? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Jul 9, 2013 - 4 answers

The Musical Fruit?

What's the cheapest way to buy lots of dried beans and rice? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jun 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me optimize my Chemex production

My lust for a Chemex has finally been sated with my birthday this week. Please help me optimise my coffee production from this wonderful piece of apparatus. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on May 18, 2013 - 17 answers

How should I measure dried epazote?

I have a bag of dried epazote for beans. Two problems. First, it's a mix of coarser, stalky material and leaf matter of varying fineness. Should I run it through a food processor to make it uniform (like, say, dried oregano) before measuring? Second, how much (processed or not) should I use to a pound of beans? I've seen everything from 1 tsp to 2 tbsp. One tsp of coarse would be nothing like 2 tbsp of fine, for example.
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

What's this tune. March/Guinness edition.

When you tell me the answer, I will likely nut-punch myself for forgetting it. I can play this damned song on the fiddle, yet can't remember it's name. From like :30-1:38 here. And I know the name of the third reel as well. Little help?
posted by timsteil on Mar 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Are these beans suitable for canning?

I have a recipe for cold beans soaked in oil and vinegar that I make all the time. Could I can these beans, so that I don't have to prepare them every day? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Bean plating technology for canned beans

Before I cook dried beans I sort through them usually finding and discarding a clod of dirt, a small stone, or a moldy bean. I have never found a stone in a can of canned beans. Are the canned bean manufacturers sorting the beans before canning? If they are, why can't they use that technology to clean the beans that are sold dried? The tedious sorting keeps me from cooking beans from scratch as often as I'd like.
posted by SandiBeech on Sep 19, 2012 - 15 answers

I wish my accent was less overeducated, too

How to sound less overeducated? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Sep 9, 2012 - 66 answers

I literally know nothing about beans...

I literally know nothing about beans... [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 1, 2012 - 39 answers

Meatless. . . mostly?

What are some good compendia of recipes that contain meat, but are mostly beans or legumes? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Feb 28, 2012 - 18 answers

Level 10 übervegan

Can a man survive eating only black beans and apples? [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on Feb 17, 2012 - 35 answers

So many variations of vanilla...

Ingredient ratio question... [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Dec 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Best Decaf in Canada?

I've recently been forced to switch to decaf because of medical issues (supraventricular tachycardia). I have no interest in giving up coffee completely, and I really enjoy my one cup of decaf per day. I think I'd enjoy it more, though, if I knew I were having the best decaf I could get my hands on. What are the best decaf beans available in Canada? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on Nov 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Help name my Coffee Bean Business

Help name my coffee bean company. I'm very excited about this new venture that I just embarked on. I have all the logistics in place, but I'm still missing a Big piece of the puzzle, the name of the company. My choice for the name was " Una Voce "(one voice), because part of this venture will be to give back to the communities that produce the finest Coffee Beans in the world. These communities still lack some fundamental basics, like clean drinkable water, medical facilities, schooling for both children and adults. I will be funneling back some of the profits to improve the lives of our fellow humans. Two other names that I was thinking about were "One World" or "Human Beans". None of the names I have liked have received positive feedback, so I turn to you. I will keep everyone here posted on my decision and Thanks in Advance.
posted by roastermarv on Sep 1, 2011 - 26 answers

Do you know where I can find a concise chart of healthy (maybe traditional?) beans/grains/greens combinations?

Do you know where I can find a concise chart of healthy (maybe traditional?) beans/grains/greens combinations? [more inside]
posted by jenmakes on Aug 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me make my lunch more delicious.

As a pescetarian who is pretty much on the FODMAP diet, what can I eat for lunch? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jul 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Bean betrayal. Is it possible?

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, but the more you eat, the more you fart. Is it true, Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jul 7, 2011 - 24 answers

Calories of Rice And Beans?

How many calories (ballpark) would there be in this bowl of rice and bean?s [more inside]
posted by Spurious on May 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Where online should I buy a French press and burr grinder?

Where online should I buy a French press and burr grinder? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 2, 2011 - 40 answers

Favorite Fairway Coffee?

What are your favorite Fairway coffee beans? We shop at Fairway regularly, like their coffee but haven't settled into a handful of favorite choices. Opinions?
posted by moedym on Feb 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Advice on my plate of beans...

Is there any reason to soak beans before cooking them in a slow cooker? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Jan 11, 2011 - 19 answers

I probably have several plates of beans. What do I do with them all?

I have a bunch of extra cooked kidney beans (I cooked more than I needed for a soup I was making). I estimate I have somewhere between 3 and 5 cups of cooked beans. What should I do with the extra beans? (Besides overthinking them, of course.)
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 16, 2010 - 27 answers

Country comfort in a pot.

Country comfort food, non-kosher edition: what are your favorite bean soup/stew recipes for smoked ham hocks or pork neck bones? [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Oct 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Delicious Non-oily Trader Joe's Coffee?

Delicious Non-oily Trader Joe's Coffee? We use a superautomatic machine and "dry" or at least non-oily beans work best. We use and love Stumptown Hair Bender but think maybe we should at least try something else from time to time. Trader Joe's seems to have a wide variety of whole bean options at reasonable prices, but I can't see into the cans to determine which ones might be appropriate for our use. Can anyone recommend one of the TJ options for being both tasty and relatively "dry" of bean?
posted by cairnish on Sep 29, 2010 - 10 answers

I don't need to overthink it, the plate as-is is quite gross.

I want to like beans, but the texture is generally too mushy or mealy. What are some recipes that get around this? [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Aug 9, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I communicate employment enthusiasm without alienating anyone?

How do I explain a belated e-mail in a professional context? And how does one write a letter of inquiry to someone who already has the job? Bean-plate overthinking inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Does great decaf exist?

Inspired by this question, anyone have recommendations for great decaf coffee beans?
posted by The Dutchman on May 27, 2010 - 15 answers

difference between bush/pole beans

I planted some dry beans I bought in grocery store. They all sprouted. There were 5-6 varieties, big white ones, black ones, yellow etc. Is there any way for me to know are these going to be bush beans or pole beans? I would like to grow them on my balcony (to cover my wall) and I don't have much space. I would prefer pole or climbing beans, I don't have space for bush varieties. Would I be able to tell the difference when they grow into seedlings?
posted by leigh1 on May 20, 2010 - 5 answers

UMass People's Market rice & beans recipe?

UMass Amherst - between '90-'94 - People's Market: I used to get a plate of rice and beans for lunch almost every day for a couple of years from People's and I am CRAVING that exact dish hardcore. I remember brown rice, red wine vinegar as a condiment - but what type of beans and what was in them, if anything? IIRC, it was like $1.00. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on May 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Linguistic Identity Crisis: A country girl divided by a common language.

I'm moving to the UK for the next three years and have some questions about my identity and language use. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 5, 2010 - 41 answers

What to do with a whole lotta vanilla?

Whole Vanilla - what can I do with whole vanilla pods (beans) etc? My sister, who had been living in Mexico just brought me back 10 - 14 whole vanilla beans (they are in plastic so not sure exact number). What wonderful, delicious, useful or creative things can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Apr 7, 2010 - 20 answers

"Chili doesn't have beans!!!!"

What is so bad about putting beans in chili?
posted by smackfu on Apr 3, 2010 - 54 answers

Quick! Can cats crunch cafe?

Cuckoo kitty craves coffeebean crunch. Concerns? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Black eyed peas? (No, not the band!)

What do I do with dried black eyed peas? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Feb 5, 2010 - 16 answers

beany bean bean beans

Black beans. WTF? I like black beans, but I can never get them to cook out to be as soft as those from a can. Hope me, axe metafilterz! [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Jan 6, 2010 - 23 answers

Yet another "should I eat this?": black beans

Should I Eat This? Filter: cooked black beans left in a pot overnight. [more inside]
posted by k. on Nov 7, 2009 - 27 answers

Running out of beans, in my head.

Datingfilter: Did I just get blown off? Yes, there's more bean platiness to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 - 44 answers

lazy cook and lazy math

dried beans --> canned beans conversion [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Nov 1, 2009 - 2 answers

Canning season is here - we need advice on how to keep our pickled veggies crunchy!

Canning season is here - we need advice on how to keep our pickled veggies crunchy! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Aug 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Let's talk about moong daal, baby.

What do I do with two pounds of moong daal that's been sitting in my refrigerator for three months? I'm a hopeless cooking noob on a budget, and I can't really grasp what this stuff even is. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub on Aug 22, 2009 - 8 answers

I thought of a really bad pun on the word "bean," but I guess I can spare you.

Why do cans of beans usually come in 19 fluid ounce cans in Canada, and 15 ounce cans in the US? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Why should I throw out the floating beans?

Quite a few times in recipes I've seen directions to put beans in water and discard any that float after a period of soaking (I've even heard this from you, AskMeFi). Now, I like beans. My question is: why can't I eat those?
posted by evhan on Jul 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Can zucchini and butternut be grown in the same patch?

I am trying to plant a traditional Three Sisters garden for the first time - corn, beans & squash in the same location as companion plants. Can I put two varieties of squash (yellow zucchini and butternut) in the same planting? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones on May 26, 2009 - 5 answers

How long can I keep soaked beans?

I soaked some beans, and then put them in a tupperware in the fridge. How long will they hold this way?
posted by TigerCrane on May 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Salty beans?

Savory, salty black beans in take out Chinese food... how do they do it? [more inside]
posted by frwagon on May 17, 2009 - 5 answers

What was the purple speckled bean I saw in Tamil Nadu, India?

When I lived in Chennai, the produce markets had these large fava-sized/shaped beans that were bright purple and white. They were fresh. Sometimes they came in large similarly colored pods, other times there were shelled. They were edible fresh, though we steamed them for sanitation. They were some of the best beans I've ever had, and reminded me more of fresh pea pods than beans, despite their large size. Any clue what they were?
posted by aussicht on Apr 11, 2009 - 12 answers

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