Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Overnight Black Beans


What a lovely gift!  I was given some dried black beans.  I decided to keep is simple.

The first step is sorting the beans and discarding the imperfect ones and rinse with cold water in a colander.  I put them in a container, filled with water at least two-inches over the beans, then put the whole thing in the fridge.  Soak for at least 6 hours or overnight.  I started this project in the morning and let them soak all day.

Before going to bed, I dumped the soaking beans in the colander and rinsed again.  I put the soaked beans into my crock pot.  I added two cans of beef broth, a cup of water and two onions cut into fourths.  I wanted to bump up the nutritional value and flavors, so that's why I added the broth.  You could just use water.

I turned my crock pot on low and went to bed.  When I got up the next morning, the beans were perfect!

I put some in toddler-sized meal portions and into the freezer.  I set some aside for a recipe (see later this week).

When I serve these to the toddlers as a side dish for their lunch, I will take them out of the freezer first thing in the morning and put into my mini crock pot.  I'll stir it a few times and it will be defrosted and heated through by lunch time.  The toddlers love beans!



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