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Heirloom Beans Recipe

Heirloom Beans Recipe made in an Instant Pot



This is a really simple recipe for making heirloom beans in an Instant Pot. Almost as easy as opening a can – but so much better. It just takes a little planning ahead.

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Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans

HEIRLOOM BEANS

Heirloom beans are traditional varieties of beans that are not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture. Since they are sold as dried beans, the grower can plant a variety that has incredible flavor instead of something that holds up when canned. There are hundreds of varieties of beans, but only a few commonly available in the grocery store. Fortunately, though, heirloom beans are easily available from specialty producers. We usually get ours from Rancho Gordo. They have a huge selection of dried beans. We use heirloom beans because we like the taste, quality and variety. They store easily, so we keep a variety on hand. Pictured above are Eye of the Goat heirloom beans and below are Royal Corona, Vaquero, Papa de Rola, Snowcap and Pinto. Just a few of the choices available.

Royal Corona beans from Rancho Gordo
Royal Corona beans from Rancho Gordo

Rancho Gordo also has traditional Mexican varieties from their project called The Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc project which helps small farmers continue “to grow their indigenous products in Mexico, despite international trade policies that seem to discourage genetic diversity and local food traditions.”


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Uncooked Pinto Beans
Heirloom Beans Recipe Pinto Beans
Pinto Beans – Cooked in an Instant Pot

SOAKING

Beans contain a natural toxin (Phytohaemagglutinin) that is removed by soaking and cooking. Beans must be soaked for at least 5 hours, though overnight is better, and the water must be discarded. This will also make the beans easier to digest and less likely to cause gas. Then they must be cooked long enough and at a high enough temperature to remove the natural toxin. A pressure cooker is perfect for this.

BRINING BEANS

Some beans have a tendency to burst. We often mash or puree the beans, so this doesn’t matter, but if you need them intact, the key is brining them. Soak the beans overnight in filtered water with salt added. The salt brines the beans so they hold their shape. The water is filtered because minerals in the water could keep the beans from cooking evenly. We use a large canning jar with measurements on the side to make this really simple.

Heirloom Beans Recipe

KOMBU

Alternatively, the beans can be cooked without brining by placing a piece of Kombu, dried seaweed, in the water when they are cooked. This will help the beans hold their shape, cook more evenly, and eliminate some of the gas.

Kombu for making Heirloom Beans Recipe
Kombu for making Heirloom Beans Recipe

HIERLOOM BEANS RECIPE FOR USING AN INSTANT POT

We use an Instant Pot to pressure cook the beans. It’s fast and easy and takes less energy than the stove or a crock pot. There is a setting for beans and the default cooks most varieties perfectly.

In this recipe, we cooked them in water, but they can also be cooked in broth and with onions and garlic (just nothing acidic like tomatoes, which will keep the beans from cooking). The beans will hold their shape better if they are brined, but sometimes we don’t soak or brine them, but just put them straight into the Instant Pot, especially if they are going to be mashed or puréed.

Heirloom Beans Recipe
Heirloom beans in the Instant Pot

BEAN STORAGE IN THE PANTRY

Dried beans are easy keep on hand, since they don’t take up much room and don’t require refrigeration, so they are a good pantry item. They also don’t cost much, making them a good way to stretch the food budget by eating less meat. We transfer them to jars when we get a shipment, and keep the label in the jar for identification.

Heirloom Beans Recipe
Heirloom Beans Stored in Jars

WEEKEND MEAL PREP

Beans are one of the things we make during the weekend meal prep that make meals so much easier the rest of the week. They can be made a couple of days ahead, so they are ready when you need them.

Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans

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Heirloom Beans

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Lisa LeCoump
Heirloom Beans Recipe made in an Instant Pot

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Ingredients

Instructions

CHECK THE BEANS

  • Check the beans for debris by pouring them onto a white plate.
    Heirloom Beans Recipe

SOAK THE BEANS

  • Always Soak the beans for at least 5 hours, though overnight is better. 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt. (Filtered water is used because minerals in the water might keep the beans from cooking evenly. The salt is added to season and to brine the beans so they hold their shape.). The next day, Drain and rinse well, throwing away the water. (Soaking and rinsing is done to remove natural toxins found in beans. This also removes some of the gas causing quality of beans.)
    Heirloom Beans Recipe

COOK IN THE INSTANT POT

  • Put the beans in the Instant Pot and add 4 cups filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Use the pressure cooking setting on high to cook for 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes before opening.
    Heirloom Beans Recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1163mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

WHY THIS RECIPE IS SUSTAINABLE:

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Nutrition Facts
Heirloom Beans
Amount per Serving
Calories
61
% Daily Value*
Fat
0.3
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
0.1
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.1
g
Sodium
1163
mg
51
%
Potassium
187
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
11
g
4
%
Fiber
4
g
17
%
Sugar
0.1
g
0
%
Protein
4
g
8
%
Vitamin C
0.3
mg
0
%
Calcium
20
mg
2
%
Iron
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Photos byTony Fitzgerald Photography

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