After I cook soaked dry beans in the pressure cooker and let them cool a bit, a thin semi-solid film forms on the surface of the water. It vanishes when I stir the beans but sometimes reforms. What's it made of? Bean protein? Are there any cool science experiments to be done with it, or practical uses for bean cellophane?
On a whim I bought raw fresh black beans at the farmers market. I simmered them for about 45 minutes, but they're still firm. Can I eat them? [more inside]
Fix my life so that I have decent beans and rice for breakfast every morning. [more inside]
Please recommend your favorite pantry storage containers. [more inside]
I just picked what I thought was a burnt crumb off a tray of cookies and ate it. Except it turned out to be not a crumb, but a somewhat-dessicated black bean that had escaped from my dinner plate yesterday. (Not gonna win any prizes for housekeeping, I know.) I have to give a really important presentation on Monday. Is there anything I can do to reduce my chances of having given myself horrifying food poisoning? [more inside]
I made an enormous pot of beans tonight. Just simple white beans with veggie broth, aromatics, and a beef marrow bone I had lying around, so they are pretty plain but yummy. Unfortunately I didn't think it through and now I am sitting on enough beans to feed me for two weeks. Of course I will freeze some of them but I would love to eat most of them soon. Please share your ideas for what I can do to make my beans varied and interesting. [more inside]
The cafe in the Glebe where I have been buying Francesco's espresso beans for years burned down last night, and I only have a one week supply left. This is not good. Does anyone know another location that carries their beans? I can't get them from Francesco's retail location as they are only open weekdays until 5 pm. Any other recommendations for good beans in the Glebe/Old Ottawa South area?
I want your recipes for rice and beans, using combinations of beans, rice, and spices that are tasty! [more inside]
Bean soup is convenient for lunch and winter-friendly and healthy and all, but in reality most of them are mind-numbingly boring. (Sorry, Bean Soup.) I am looking for very lively, assertive, strongly-flavored bean soups. [more inside]
Plantfilter: What is this large flowering leafy bean plant in our yard? The plant in question (scroll down, it's an album of pics) is a large, leafy beast growing up and over our back fence in Los Angeles. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
What's the cheapest way to buy lots of dried beans and rice? [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
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]
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.
How to sound less overeducated? [more inside]
I literally know nothing about beans... [more inside]
What are some good compendia of recipes that contain meat, but are mostly beans or legumes? [more inside]
Can a man survive eating only black beans and apples? [more inside]
Ingredient ratio question... [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, but the more you eat, the more you fart. Is it true, Metafilter? [more inside]
Where online should I buy a French press and burr grinder? [more inside]
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?
Is there any reason to soak beans before cooking them in a slow cooker? [more inside]
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.)
Country comfort food, non-kosher edition: what are your favorite bean soup/stew recipes for smoked ham hocks or pork neck bones? [more inside]
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?
I want to like beans, but the texture is generally too mushy or mealy. What are some recipes that get around this? [more inside]
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]
Inspired by this question, anyone have recommendations for great decaf coffee 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?
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]
I'm moving to the UK for the next three years and have some questions about my identity and language use. [more inside]
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]
What is so bad about putting beans in chili?
Cuckoo kitty craves coffeebean crunch. Concerns? [more inside]
What do I do with dried black eyed peas? [more inside]
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]
Should I Eat This? Filter: cooked black beans left in a pot overnight. [more inside]
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