Beautiful Beans

Beautiful Beans Recipe

By VegetaFull

🔪Prep Time: 5 minutes

👩‍🍳Cook Time: 10 minutes


2 cups of dried beans (I use garbanzo, black, cannellini, or adzuki beans)

6 cups of water (each for soaking and then for cooking)

¼ cup of vinegar (inexpensive vinegar works just fine)

(2) 1” pieces of kombu


1First, measure out 2 cups of dried beans. 2 cups will yield 4½ to 6 cups of cooked beans, the equivalent of 3-4 cans!

2Take a quick look to see that there are no suspicious-looking beans (shriveled or dark) or debris such as stones. Give them a good rinse then add them to a bowl with about 6 cups of warm water and ¼ cup of vinegar. Inexpensive vinegar will work just fine. This process helps break down the indigestible starches. Soak your beans for 8-10 hours. I find that soaking beans really just takes planning rather than time. You can put them to soak before bedtime or before heading off to work.

3Next, rinse your soaked beans carefully under cold running water to remove any traces of vinegar. Add them to a pot with 6 cups of fresh water and the secret de-gassing ingredient, kombu. Kombu is an edible seaweed with a unique ability to neutralize gas-producing compounds. You’ll need two 1” pieces.

4The easiest and fastest way to cook beans is in an Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for about 10 minutes with a 10-minute natural release. The exact cooking time will vary slightly depending upon how long you soaked your beans and how fresh the beans are. Open the pot and fish out the pieces of kombu. Then rinse your beans again under cold running water to stop the cooking process and to remove any traces of kombu. Cooked beans store in the refrigerator for a week or

5Store in the freezer for 6 months.

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