HEIRLOOM BEANS RECIPE
Heirloom Beans in an Instant Pot
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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.
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.
- OATMEAL – 55 minutes using the Instant Pot
- GARLIC OLIVE OIL – 30 minutes using the Instant Pot
- BEANS – 45 minutes using the Instant Pot
- CULTURED ITEM – YOGURT, SOUR CREAM, CHEESE OR CREME FRAICHE – 24 hours using the Instant Pot
- VINEGRETTE – 5 minutes
- BREAD DOUGH – WHOLE WHEAT, FRENCH, OR SWEET – refrigerate for 24 – 48 hours
- QUINOA – 30 minutes on the stove
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.
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.
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).
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