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How To Prepare Dried Red Beans For Easy Cooking

We’ve all been there.  A recipe calls for beans and we reach for the can.  Each time we do it, we promise ourselves that the next time we would use a healthier alternative.

It’s no secret that canned beans come with a high sodium content.  Canned beans also tend to have less flavor than their dried or fresh versions.

I bought a pack of dried red beans and tried a mini experiment.

I rinsed them and then soaked them in a pot overnight and by the next day they basically doubled in size.  It yielded the equivalent of about 4 regular cans of red beans.  Talk about savings!

Cooking was done for the day and therefore I didn’t need to use the beans right away.  After rinsing and straining them I decided to place them in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer.

The next day I had a craving for Trini Oil Down.  I quickly pulled out my beans and tossed about 2 cups worth in the pot.  The result was absolutely delicious.  I like some texture to my beans and don’t like them at all mushy so they were perfectly cooked and had the texture that I wanted.

These steps can be followed for almost all kinds of beans and peas as well.  If you have access to fresh beans and peas, however, then you can wash them, shell them (if needed), place them in a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer.

Here are the simple steps:

1. Rinse and strain your desired about of dried red beans

2. Place in a large bowl or container and cover with water

3. Let these soak overnight.  By the next morning you’ll notice that they would have most likely doubled in size

4. Rinse and strain again

5. Place in large freezer bag or freezable bowl/container.  Seal tightly and place in freezer.

You’ll now have fresh red beans whenever a recipe calls for it

Frozen red beans
frozen Red Beans in freezer bag
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How to De-Seed a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are fruits native to Mediterranean territories but also found in some parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

They are large and round in shape and are often red on the outside.  When cracked open,  they have multiple red seeds which are surrounded by a white membrane.  The seeds have the appearance of red kernels of corn and are the edible part of the fruit.

Pomegranate seeds are a wonderful addition to salads as they add a pleasant tang and crunch.

De-seeding a Pomegranate is a lot easier than thought.  Pomegranates can be scored and then broken open or have the tops cut out (as you would the stem of a strawberry) and then broken open.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Taking a knife, carefully core out the top (as you would the stem of a strawberry)

Step 2: Taking your hands, gently pull the pomegranate apart

breaking open the Pommegranate
breaking open the Pomegranate

Continue until you have broken the pomegranate into about three pieces (this makes it easier to get the seeds out)

 

 

 

Pomegranate - broken apart
Pomegranate broken open

Step 3:  Using a spoon, carefully scoop out the seeds into a bowl or measuring cup

 

 

 

spooning out the Pomegranate seeds
spooning out Pomegranate seeds

Step 4:  Using your fingers, carefully remove any bits of the white membrane.

 

Step 5:  Use your fresh Pomegranate seeds anyway you’d like in your favorite recipe