Boiled Beans Recipe
If there is one thing my mom taught me is that beans are important, and in Haitian cuisine, it is one our main ingredients for many different dishes: we use it to make rice and beans, or to make our famous bean sauce like the Rice and Black Beans recipe.
Different beans have different ways of preparing them before actually incorporating them in the final recipe. Follow these quick and easy steps to prepare your beans.
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- 2 cups red pinto beans or black turtle beans
- pinch of salt
Before anything, wash beans with room temperature water. In fresh water, place the beans in a large pot with salt, and enough water to submerge the beans. Let them soak overnight.
This really helps soften the beans before the cooking process, and helps get them tender.
- When ready to start cooking, set heat to medium
- Boil until tender, not to the point of overly tender. Press them between thumb and index to verify tenderness. This takes about 30-40 minutes. Remove from the heat, and separate the beans and the water. Reserve the water for the beans (you will need it to make our rice).
- And your beans are ready to go !
Can easily be portioned and frozen for later use. Can be frozen for up to three months.