Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Pinto Beans Primer

Beans, Beans The Wonderful Fruit...the more you eat, the more you, well you know the rest, I guess!
Pinto Beans, the "Steak of the South", is an excellent source of fibre, and protein.

Not only are dried Pinto's, or any other dried bean for that matter, highly economical, but one cup of pinto beans provides one quarter of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of protein for adults. If you supplement the protein of pinto beans with a little meat, dairy products, rice or corn you will have consumed all the essential amino acids. Because beans contain soluble fiber, you've lowered blood cholesterol. So Pinto Beans....are totally an essential item to add to your shopping list and categorized in your cupboard as a main "Staple".

Low Octane Pinto Beans

Beforehand, wash dried beans thoroughly sorting through dirt and rocks, if any. Cover beans with water in a pot and bring to a rapid boil. Remove from heat, allow to remain covered for one hour, then rinse until all bubbles are gone, it's called de-gassing!

1 package dry pinto beans
I ham bone or two smoked ham hocks.
5 quarts water
1 pinch of baking soda (removes any remaining gas)

Cook slow for about 6 hours. You can do this the night before and use your Crock Pot or you can speed things up by using a "Pressure Cooker"!

Serve with Cornbread, Cole Slaw and Potato Salad


Chili Pinto Beans: Add Onions, Garlic Ground Beef and Chili Powder
Hells Bells Beans: 2 bacon, slices cut into 1 inch pieces 1 medium tomato,
diced 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded,and chopped

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