7 Unique Ways To Cook Different Types Of Beans

Not all beans are created equally. Some thrive when cooked in a certain way, others might just go the opposite route. But we’re telling you right now how and what to cook with different types of beans.

We’ve talked before about ‘The Beaning of life’ and there have been many bean meals and many bad food-related puns in my life ever since then. But I’m back with a vengeance! Or no, more like I’m back with just some extra information on what you can cook with these beauties. As many types of them as possible.

Like I’ve said before, beans are very nourishing and loaded with nutrients as part of the larger family known as ‘pulses’, along with peas and lentils. They’re so good and actually a sustainable food source, that the world’s leading food experts have dubbed as a way to ‘solve world hunger’. This is actually one of those very urgent issues that plague the planet, so we’re glad to see there are solutions after all.

You have nothing to fear if you’re cooking different types of beans, they will keep you satiated for longer and they can be prepared in so many ways that you have almost infinite options, no matter where you are in the world.

What to Make with Different Types of Beans?
All types of pulses are some of the most nutritious foods in the world.

Ways of cooking different types of beans

1. A bean salad

If you’re a fan of beans, then why not just combine them all into a delicious and tasty dish that blends all of their respective flavors and textures? A big old heap of different types of beans sounds like heaven to me. Add some additional flavor as well, like garlic, fresh herbs, and then enjoy the magic!

2. Soup with Great Northern beans

Because Great Northern beans have a lighter density and a nuttier flavor, they’re perfect to make soups and purées. So, rinse them first, add them to a saucepan, cover with water, sprinkle some salt and bring to a boil. After the water boils, add the lid and simmer for about an hour to let them get even more tender. Then make a delicious hearty soup with them and enjoy!

3. Black beans and combos

Thanks to their creamy texture and mild taste, black beans go excellent with some corn or rice. You can also cook them gently and then make a salad with avocado or add some lovely chorizo to the proceedings. The spiciness of the chorizo will make the black beans stand out.

What to Make with Different Types of Beans?
Thanks to their creamy texture and mild taste, black beans go excellent with some corn or rice.

4. Fava beans – make a salad

Peel them thoroughly – that’s the annoying thing about this delicious type of beans. After that, you can add them with ease to a fresh salad, where they will shine next to leafy greens and some juicy tomato. Or another option for fava beans is to cook them next to some asparagus. The flavors will complement each other.

5. Cannelinni beans work with fish

Add them to vegetable soups, including minestrone, they go well with tuna meat, red onion, and parmesan cheese, so you can make a salad with them. During the winter, turn them into a casserole by stewing them in tomato juice.

6. Black-eyed peas can be fried

In Egypt, they’re cooked with onions, garlic, meat, and tomato juice and served with Egyptian rice. In West Africa and the Caribbean, they are the basis for a traditional dish called akara, made with mashed black-eyed peas with salt, onions, and peppers. The mixture is then fried.

7. Kidney beans are chilling

And by chilling, I mean to say that you should most definitely add them to a nice chili. They bring excellent texture to your fully-realized dish. Other than that, you can add make some curry, add them to tacos, rice, or you can mash them to make a deliciously smooth dip.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.


Why You Should Be Sticking Coffee Beans In The Freezer

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Coffee lovers everywhere should be sticking their coffee beans into the freezer, at least according to a new study.

Many coffee drinkers already stick their coffee beans in the fridge to keep them fresh longer but a new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that keeping your coffee beans cold actually increases the flavor.

The researchers at University of Bath partnered with a local café to study the effects of grinding beans at different temperatures, studying four temperature variations ranging from the room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) to a -196 degrees Celsius (-320.8 Fahrenheit.) In addition to the four temperature variations the researchers also used four different coffee bean variations.

Their research concluded that coffee bean particles get tighter with lower temperatures. This leads to more flavor for the same amount of coffee during the brewing process. In other words coffee consumers will get more bang for their bean and buck. The study also found the results of bean particle distribution to be separate from the beans origin and processing method.

Other factors that affect flavor include water chemistry and accessible surface area, but this new study is the first to find a link between temperature and flavor.  The study also says that smaller and more uniform coffee beans typically allow for better flavor extraction which results in more coffee and more flavor for beans.

The researchers used varieties ranging from light to medium roast, so it is unclear how more heavily decomposed beans, like a dark roast or French roast would be affected by temperature changes. Still, the researchers believe these results will influence both casual consumers and the coffee industry.


Starbucks And Nike Collaborate To Create A Beautiful Pair Of Sneakers

Nike and Starbucks, two of the biggest brands in the world (ranking in at 17 and 67, respectively), have teamed up in order to bring us the next pair of shoes we don’t need but dammit we want.

This isn’t the first time two giants from the food and fashion industry have collaborated, and certainly won’t be the last.

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The Nike SB Dunk Low Premium Starbucks edition shoes have a brown suede-looking canvas with subtle, streaky swirls of khaki, made to mimic both the steam coming off of a fresh cup of coffee and the wrinkly, rich brown tone of a handful of coffee beans. The Nike Swoosh is painted in classic white with the standard Starbucks green outline, along with the heel, tongue and base of the shoes.

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The shoes are available now for a limited time in select Nike retailers. These shoes, as do many of the shoes in the Nike SB Premium line, retail at $100. Personally, I think the shoes look dope as hell, and I would buy them for the clean-looking color scheme alone. Of course, I would try to get away with calling them the Andes Mints Edition or something, because “Starbucks shoes” is just too much.



Photo Credit: Sneaker Bar Detroit 

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Church Youth Group Finds A Snake’s Head In A Can Of Green Beans

Someone at that church must be doing something really immoral because I honestly don’t think there’s a more ominous sign of impending doom and the rapture than the severed head of Satan’s #1 ride-or-die animal minion.

According to a report by KSL TV, the church women’s youth group was putting on a banquet for the elderly folks of their community when the can with Kaa’s head showed up. Youth group leader Troy Walker was the one who found the head in the can, although she was unsure of the foreign material at first.

“It looked pretty much like a burnt bean. And then as I got closer to lift it off the spoon, I saw eyes.… That’s when I just dropped it and screamed,” says Walker. Of course she dropped it and screamed, anyone with a rational fear of finding dead animals in your non-animal food would have reacted that way.

Western Family, the company that canned the beans, has already recalled the entire batch in order to find the source of the issue and fix it before it causes any more damage to the company, both in image and profitability.

Let’s just hope they got all the cans back before somebody ends up finding Nagini’s ass.



Photo Credit: Whisper, KSL TV, Consumerist


The First Thanksgiving And What They REALLY Ate

Hint: no cream of mushroom soup or marshmallow topping


Yankee has provided a brief rundown of the foods eaten at the first Thanksgiving, which was celebrated during the fall of 1621 at the Plymouth Colony in modern-day Massachusetts:

venison was a major ingredient, as well as fowl, but that likely included pheasants, geese, and duckTurkeys are a possibility, but were not a common food in that time. Pilgrims grew onions and herbsCranberries and currants would have been growing wild in the area, and watercress may have still been available if the hard frosts had held off, but there’s no record of them having been served. In fact, the meal was probably quite meat-heavy.


(via Smithsonian)

Likewise, walnuts, chestnuts, and beechnuts were abundant, as were sunchokes. Shellfish were common, so they probably played a part, as did beans, pumpkins, squashes, and corn (served in the form of bread or porridge), thanks to the Wampanoags.

The magazine also mentions a few items that were not eaten at the feast: “Potatoes (white or sweet), bread stuffing or pie (wheat flour was rare), sugar, Aunt Lena’s green bean casserole.”

Written by Mary Miller // History Buff // Featured image via Community Links


This Guy Took Scientifically Gassy Foods And Made One FART-INDUCING DIP Out of Them


For no reason other than to ruin fancy parties, food writer Dannie Ree (Dennis Lee) boldly attempted to create the perfect Fart Dip. Yes, fart dip aimed to purposely muster the perfect amount of gas to create the most awful of smells.

Ree used ingredients like cabbage, sour cream, caramelized onions, prunes and butter beans; all of which are known to contribute to flatulence. To no one’s surprise, the result ended up tasting like “thick vomit” as Ree describes.


The food writer stated that the nasty flavor was mostly from the caramelized onions. However, mixing it with the sour cream and other ingredients really contributed to the awful taste.

While unsuccessful (he farted, but not as much as he hoped for), Ree doesn’t let this deter him from creating more fart dip. In fact, he only thinks of this as the first step of many. The entire recipe cane be found on Ree’s blog.

Photos: The Pizzle


Plantable ‘BREAK UP BEANS’ Are The New Worst Way To End Your Relationship


Breaking up via text is pretty much the worst way to end a relationship. Until now! ThinkGeek is selling these Break Up Beans. It’s a kit that includes all the things you need to let your significant other know that you are dunzo with a living, breathing plant.

The beans take about 5 days to pop out, revealing the messages “It’s Over” and “Let’s Be Friends.” Just the right amount of time to skip town, change your name, and start afresh with someone new. But Karma? Oh, karma will getcha. It might be the following month or it could be years down the road, but it’ll getcha. Watch your back. Jk jk, sorry, I’ve just always wanted to say that.

Written by Brittany High of IncredibleThings


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