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How I Cook Dried Beans

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I've never had a problem, but read this FDA report before you cook beans in your crockpot. Raw and undercooked kidney beans are not good for you. You need to make sure your crockpot brings the beans to a boil on the high setting and that it stays at a boil for at least 10 minutes. Since I cook mine on high for an entire evening, I've had no problems at all. I knew how to cook dried beans; I didn't know all of the why behind the proper method.

1 1/2 cups dried beans
water, to cover

Early in the morning, before going to work, rinse dried beans and place in glass container large enough for beans to double in size. Cover beans with enough water to cover and then some, about three inches of water above the beans. Soak all day, at least 8 hours.

When home from work in the evening, place beans and water in crockpot, add additional water to cover well. Turn crockpot to high for evening, check to make sure there is enough water to cover well, then on low overnight.

In the morning before going to work, test beans to make sure they are done. If not leave on low for the day. If they are done, drain and refridgerate.

Use in place of canned beans in recipes, such as Refried Beans and Canny Canadian Chili.

They freeze well for use in recipes.

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by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

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Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
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