I like beans. I like creamy beans, the kind you get when you cook your own from scratch for hours. You just can’t get that from a can. But I don’t always have the time to cook beans for hours. So, I’m trying dehydrated beans. These are beans that are fully cooked then dried. They’re popular with backpackers because they’re lightweight and cook quickly.
Here are some black beans that I’m experimenting with:
The instructions say they can be cooked in about 15 or 20 minutes. It’s true, they can. But it took about an hour for me to get this creamy consistency. And I’m impressed! It would take several hours of cooking my soaked black beans to get this creaminess. The taste is fresh, no off-flavors, very good in fact. As you can see from the container, nothing was added to this, so I’ll use it as a base to make black bean soup, adding onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and spices.
Have you ever tried dehydrated foods?