As I mentioned yesterday, the beans went into the crock pot at 7:30am on low. That’s according to the instructions on the bag (which is still sitting next to my laptop!!) They should cook for 10 hours. We were going to Ele’s for dinner at 2pm. I made my salad, very large and I retrieved the leftovers for lunches this week-YAY! So I’m set.
Here’s some of the preparation for the salad…
Red Bell peppers..
Unfortunately my brain got away from me and I never took a photo of the finished product…ah well,, this IS a learning process…
Being a very conscientious bean cooker, I set the alarm on my cell phone to go off at 5:30-10 hours. Fortunately, my sister only lives around the block, so I thought it wouldn’t be a problem if I just left the festivities for a few minutes, drove around the block (so sorry…WAY to cold to walk) and checked on my beans.
I fished out a volunteer, popped it in my mouth and found as hard a bean as you’ll ever meet. I decided to up the crock pot to high and went back to the fun.
We got home about 7pm, I checked the beans and there was definitely more activity in there. I did a few things around the house and about 8:30, I could really smell the cooking goodness. I checked my beauties. They were soft and creamy!!
There were SO many, I was worried I didn’t have a container large enough. I found one and got them all settled in…not without injury…to me not the beans.
Not sure if you can see it in the photo, but when I was pouring the beans into the strainer, some of the very hot bean water poured over my hand. I was wearing insulated gloves that Ralph had gotten me so I don’t burn myself…well it was a lovely thought, but I am also the Queen of Klutz and so it goes.
I have a blister on it this morning, but that just adds to the other battle scars on my hands from other kitchen adventures and the time I closed the car door on my hand in Driver’s Ed class in high school. Actually, I just checked, the burn almost erased that scar…Yay! My hands have character!
I decided to get right to the project of coming up with things to do with my lovely batch o’ beans.
Many times I will marinate beans overnight and then use them as my protein on a salad…I have salad! (see paragraph 1)
They’re marinating right now in balsamic vinegar, dried basil and ground black pepper. I’ve never done this with warm beans before so I’m thinking I’ll need to add more balsamic when it’s time to eat because what I used last night has probably been absorbed. But that’s ok, there are no points in balsamic vinegar. One of the reasons I love it!
I forgot to mention that when I tested the beans (I did remember to blow on them to cool them off!) They tasted great! Now I just need to figure out what to do with them! Gee…wonder if Ralph would like some beans in his turkey soup…hmmm..
So that’s the saga of the ancient beans…coming next week to a theatre near you…The Secret of the Ancient Lentils…I’d go to see it!