Be honest? Have you ever made homemade beans? I used to think they were too time consuming or too difficult of a process, until I finally made them myself!
Here's a quick rundown:
- Choose a day when you will be home for 2-3 hours (think like a chill Sunday afternoon)
- The night before throw beans into a bowl with water and let soak overnight
- When ready, chop veggies/herbs, then throw everything into into a pot
- Boil then simmer
Seriously, the time you are actually doing something for this recipe is roughly 10 minutes. 10 MINUTES. That's it. The best part? You just saved money AND have beans for the entire week!
Oh, and please Please PLEASE, do NOT drain the juices after cooking. During the cooking process, the water actually absorbs a lot of the nutrients from the beans, so don't throw it out! The same goes for canned beans too, which besides sodium, are still a great alternative to homemade beans. The juices are super yummy anyways. If you eat it straight it is like a bean soup, and adding it into recipes you can use it like a vegetable broth. Yum!
So, give it a try. There are so many ways to make/prepare beans, so have fun with the process and make it your own. If you happen to try this recipe, don't forget to click on the stars in the recipe box to rate it and let me know what you think!
- 2 cups black beans, uncooked
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (sub 1/2 tbsp dried)
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- In a large bowl add beans and cover with water to soak overnight. Ensure that you have more water then beans, as they will expand.
- Once soaked, add beans into a large pot. Add chopped celery, chopped garlic, rosemary, and cumin. Bring to a boil and boil for 15 minutes. Then, simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until beans are soft and cooked. Add salt and mix to combine.
- Serve and enjoy!