November 28, 2007

Bean problems

The title of this post makes me laugh, ha,ha.

Ok, really, in my quest to be more frugal and save money while still feeding my family nourishing foods, I have been focusing on the legumes. I'm a pretty good cook, but when it comes to beans, things just don't work out.

First I couldn't get the right texture or flavor. After many attempts I have finally gotten that part down. But now we, or my husband and I, have other problems. No matter what I do, the after effects of the bean eating is very unpleasant.

I have:
soaked overnight, drain off the water and rinse, then cook slowly on the stovetop

soaked 24 hrs in water and an acid medium, drained and rinsed, then cooked slowly

sprouted lentils, but we don't have problems with them.

done the quick-soak method- boil 5 minutes, cover and let sit an hour, then cook till soft

added baking soda while cooking the beans

I've taken probiotics with the bean meal

The only thing we haven't done is taken beano with the bean meal.

We don't seem to have a problem with canned beans, but I've heard pressure cooking isn't all that healthy for you. Who knows?

So, if anyone has any other tips, PLEASE let me know :) Our bellies and our wallet will thank you :)




Speaking of frugality- this year I caved in and bought a fake Christmas tree. Yes, I vowed that I would never use an artificial tree, but I've come to the understanding that you never say never, because it will surely come to pass.

Anyways, it was the easiest route for us this year, and so today I went to Wal-Mart and bought the $30 prelit 6.5ft tree. Wow that thing is rinky dinky- BUT, when lit up it looks pretty good. It isn't very full and the branches don't come down low enough, but by the time we get it decorated and all, it will be fine. I'll try to get some before and after pictures so you can see what I mean.

Well, it's bed time...

6 comments:

Whitney B. said...

My husband is the bean cooker in our family but I don't think I have really noticed us having a problem with the beans afterward. Sorry I'm no help here. I would probably try the Beano though.

Sarah D. said...

Beano really does work! You take it right before eating, and I have never had a problem. I bought the travel size Beano, since I didn't know if it would really work. I was skeptical because of the cheesy television commercials. It works!

Becca said...

I always had the same issues. UNTIL... someone told me to peel a potato and place it in the pressure cooker while the beans are cooking. Green or Pinto. Just do not under any circumstance eat the potato or your problem will "worsen." Ha
Becca

jesnicole said...

WOW, THAT DOESN'T SOUND FUN. I WISH I COULD HELP! I DO THE BEAN THING ALL THE TIME, BUT I DON'T SOAK OVERNIGHT, JUST THE QUICK SOAK. I USUALLY DO BLACK BEANS, CHICK PEAS, LENTILS, AND PINTO. I HOPE YOU'RE DOING WELL!

Atomic Momma said...

An artificial tree is such a better choice for so many other reasons besides trying to be frugal. It is such a waste to cut a live tree only to have it die on you plus live trees are such fire hazards. Every year dried out trees cause fires. So not only are you doing something safer for your family but it's good for the earth as well!

angelica said...

I read about something called Bean-zyme that's supposed to be better and cheaper than Beano. Never tried it though!