Heirloom Beans Recipe

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HEIRLOOM BEANS RECIPE

Heirloom Beans in an Instant Pot

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

instant pot pinto beans
Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans

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.

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.

There are a huge variety of dried beans available – a much bigger selection than you will find in a can.  Pictured here are Eye of the Goat heirloom beans, similar to pinto beans. We use Rancho Gordo beans because we like the taste, quality and variety and because the company is promoting sustainability.

WEEKEND MEAL PREP

PLAN FOR EATING BETTER TASTING, HEALTHIER, EASIER, AND SUSTAINABLE MEALS

We make up a number of things on the weekend so it’s easy to put together healthy meals during the week.

This might sound like a lot, but each thing only takes a few minutes and then we have meals planned through Thursday. Since we do it on Sunday, we know how long these items have been in the refrigerator. If we need to stock some other items, like toasting nuts or making mayonnaise, we can do these as well.

FARMER’S MARKET

Then we visit the farmer’s market. We can shop like a chef, buying whatever looks good and is in season without having a list or a plan. We know it will fit in with the weekly meal plan because we have a basic idea of what we are having.

BRINING BEANS

Some beans have 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.

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).

Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans

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instant pot pinto beans

Heirloom Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Mexican
Keyword: beans, heirloom beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Lisa LeCoump

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Check the beans for debris by pouring them onto a white plate.
  • If you want the beans whole and don’t want them to burst, Soak them overnight – 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt. (The water is filtered to remove minerals that 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 some of the gas causing quality of beans, but there is conflicting evidence for whether this is true.)
  • 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.

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
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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.

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