How to Cook Baked Beans?

The easiest way to serve baked beans, of course, is to heat up a can of Bush’s. But if you want to cook your own baked beans from scratch, or even just dress up a can of pork & beans, there are many different ways to do it. Here are a few recipes to cook baked beans from scratch or using canned beans.

Oven-Baked Beans

Fry two strips of bacon until crisp. Place on a paper towel. Dice a small onion and saute it in the bacon drippings. Drain off any liquid and add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 teaspoon mustard. Mix well, then stir in a 15-ounce can of pork and beans. Heat the bean mixture until it is warm throughout and then put it in a 3-cup greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Old Settlers’ Baked Beans

Cook 1/2 pound ground beef in a skilled with 1/2 pound diced bacon and one medium chopped onion. Drain off fat and add 1/3 cup sage, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder. Mix together thoroughly. Stir in 1 16-ounce can of pork and beans, 1 16-ounce can of kidney beans (drained) and 1 16-ounce can of Great Northern beans (drained). Grease a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish and pour the bean mixture into the dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Mom’s Easy Baked Beans

Put one pound of dried Great Northern beans in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the beans to a boil and continue boiling them for two minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cover it. Let the beans sit for an hour, then drain off the liquid, add fresh water and repeat. After the beans have been sitting for another hour, drain the liquid into a bowl. Grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish and put the beans in the dish along with 1 cup of the reserved liquid. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1 pound cooked bacon that has been crumbled into bits, 1 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons molasses and 3 small chopped onions. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add additional reserved liquid during cooking if needed.

Texas Ranger Baked Beans

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together 1 28-ounce can of baked beans, 1 diced medium onion, 1 diced bell pepper and four links of links of pork sausage that have been cut into chunks in a Dutch oven. Add 2 tablespoons chili powder, 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, a dash of salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. Mix together and cover. Bake in the oven for one hour.

Whether you want them hot and spicy or traditional, you now have a recipe to tell you how to cook baked beans. Try a couple of different recipes and serve the one you like best at the next family picnic. It’s sure to be a hit.

How to Cook Red Beans?

Red Beans
Red Beans

There are multiple varieties of red beans, which include kidney beans, and adzuki beans.
However, most often, the term “red bean” refers to a bean that is similar to the kidney bean but smaller in size. Red beans are delicious in salads, soups, salsas, New Orleans style red beans and rice, and even all by themselves.

The virtues of the red bean

All of the red bean varieties are similar in taste and in nutritional value. The red bean’s long list of virtues includes facts like these. Red beans are high in protein, fiber, and iron. They are low in fat, cholesterol-free, and they are a natural antioxidant. In fact, the red bean is a super health food that has one of the highest antioxidant ratings of any food item.

The importance of sorting, rinsing, and soaking beans

Sorting:

Sorting beans is important to remove small stones, which easily get picked up with beans. The easiest way to sort beans is to use a colander. Swirl two cups of dry red beans in the colander removing any stones and dirt, as well as any wrinkled, discolored beans, or beans with holes.

Rinsing:

Since water begins the rehydration process of dried beans, beans are never washed before they are packaged. Since you have previously sorted your red beans in a colander, rinsing them will be easy. Rinse them with cool water for a few minutes before beginning the soaking process.

Soaking:

Soaking shortens the time required to cook the beans.

The traditional method of soaking beans is done in a covered bowl, overnight, and in water that is about 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the beans with the water and soak them between 8 and 10 hours. Beans will begin to lose flavor after more than 10 hours of soaking.

Discard the water used for soaking the beans. The short version of the reason for cooking red beans with fresh water is that it will mean less flatulence as a consequence of ingesting the finished product.

Cooking red beans

Red beans can be cooked in a variety of ways, which include cooking them in a pressure cooker, Dutch oven, crock pot, or on top of the stove.

One of the most basic cooking methods is the stove top method described below. It is a slower method but one that will bring out the best of the red bean’s flavor.

Place the two cups of soaked red beans and 6 cups of fresh water into a large metal pot such as stainless steel or cast iron. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil per cup of beans to the water and bring the water and beans to a boil. Then turn down the heat to a medium low setting and loosely cover the kettle.

Remember to stir the beans intermittently, add to the water level when necessary so that water covers the beans throughout the cooking process. Taste test a bean for tenderness every 30 minutes or so. Beans will take between 1 to 3 hours to achieve palatable tenderness.

During the cooking process foam will develop on top of the water. This foam does not need to be removed as it contains protein and other nutrients.

Click on the link below for complete nutritional information on the red bean.

Central Bean: Beans And Your Health

Here are two links to videos for making New Orleans style red beans and rice, one is a more traditional version, and the other is a healthier version.

Traditional New Orleans style red beans and rice:

How to Cook Adzuki Beans

If you are looking to venture out in your culinary creations, the adzuki bean is a good place to start. In China, the adzuki bean is believed to bring good luck, and we can all use as much of that as we can get. Because these beans originated in Asia, you could even get away with branding your new dish as “exotic” for a little added flair.

Prepare your adzuki Beans for cooking

As with most any bean, the first step in adzuki bean preparation comes with cleaning and sorting. Good quality beans are a reddish-brown color and rounded with a pointed end. Pick out any that do not meet this description and discard them. Wash your beans carefully and allow them to soak in water overnight. If time does not allow for overnight soaking, you may put them in a pressure cooker for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cooking your adzuki Beans

Compared with other beans, the adzuki bean has a relatively short cooking time. About an hour of simmering is all these beans really need to get done. If you are really in a hurry, place the beans in a pressure cooker on high pressure for 5-10 minutes. Yet another option is to cook them in a Crockpot all day on the low setting. Whichever method you choose, the end result is sure to be one to satisfy.

Things to do with cooked adzuki beans

Adzuki beans can be eaten whole by themselves or mixed into a variety of recipes. This bean’s sweet, nutty taste and grainy texture create a palatable deviation from the norm. They can be pureed and sweetened for use in cakes or seasoned whole to be served with rice. Unlimited options abound for creativity, and you may just find yourself creating your signature dish with a little experimentation.

Adzuki beans are rich in nutrients and are easier to digest than other varieties. For this reason, people who don’t normally tolerate beans well may find adzuki beans easier to stomach. If gas is a concern, make sure to discard the water used to soak the beans before adding fresh water for cooking. This tip works well for all varieties of beans and may render adzuki beans “gas-free.”

Because of the bright red color, adzuki beans are traditionally used in festive dishes prepared for celebrations. Make any meal festive by adding this “little bean” to your dishes. For a wealth of recipe ideas, visit Recipe Zaar: 41 recipies that include adzuki beans as ingredients.

What to do with leftover cooked adzuki beans

When you cook most beans, you generally want to prepare a lot at one time because of the time involved. Adzuki beans are faster to prepare, but still take a good bit of time. Cooking a big batch at once will save time and energy, so be ready with freezer bags or plastic containers to store the surplus. Beans freeze well and will keep for months in a regular freezer, and up to a year in a deep freezer.

If you didn’t prepare enough adzuki beans for storing, but still find yourself with leftovers, search your recipes for dishes you can incorporate your beans into. Mashing adzuki beans will make for a great filler in baked items or can be used as a substitute for refried beans in Mexican dishes. Oftentimes you can incorporate the beans into recipes in such a manner than no one could tell you used beans at all unless they watched you make it! It is never good practice to waste food, so get creative to really get the most out of your beans.