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31 7th September 03:35
zxcvbob
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It looks *edible* to me, but that's about it. (I wouldn't particularly
want to eat it.) I wonder if the original recipe called for soaked
dried GN beans (drained and rinsed) and it got written down wrong
somewhere along the way. I can't think of any reason to drain and rinse
canned beans before putting them in soup -- the juice is the best part.


If "biig" buys a 1 pound bag of dried beans, it will usually have a soup
recipe on the label. Something like this: soak the beans, drain, and
cover with fresh water. (Small white beans are especially good for
soup.) Add a bay leaf, a ham hock or some diced ham, and chopped onion,
celery, and carrot. If you used a diced ham instead of ham hock, maybe
add a can of chicken broth. Cook for several hours until the beans are
soft. Season with salt and lots of pepper. The soup will be a lot
thicker the next day and may need to be thinned with some water or broth.

Bob
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32 7th September 03:52
biig
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Well, I may not know beans, but I'm smart enough to come here for
answers to my cooking questions..lol....Sharon
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33 7th September 03:55
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Thanks, Nancree....I didn't know that...there is a lot of that type of
stuff that I know nothing about....but at least I'm bean educated
now....
lol Sharon
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34 7th September 03:58
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Well, Shel, I won't knock it until I've tried it....Sharon
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35 7th September 04:05
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This recipe is for quick to prepare meals, low in fat,sodium etc.
We're diabetic and have cholesterol issues too. The ham called for is
lean and low sodium. I think the amount of celery called for, will
season the dish to our taste. We aren't used to lots of
salt......Sharon
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36 7th September 04:09
zxcvbob
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The problem isn't the lack of seasoning, it's that you are starting with
canned beans and then cooking them for 8 hours. Rinsing the beans
before-hand is a ridiculous extra step that will diminish the soup quite
a bit.

If you make your recipe but use *dried* beans that you soaked overnight,
it might actually be good, and it wouldn't really be any more work.

Bob
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37 7th September 04:41
mr libido incognito
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Is you're Diabetic...the beans are too carby.
Nothing cooked in a crock pot can be considered quick.


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38 7th September 04:56
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"Beans, Beans, Good for Your Heart."
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39 7th September 20:50
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Discard that soaking water and discard the water you use to bring your
beans up to their first boil.... it practically elimates "the musical
fruit" part of beans.
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40 7th September 21:11
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Sharon, I do a 5-bean soup in the crock pot which calls for canned beans. I
wouldn't bother with the sugar substitutes in what you have listed above -
not sure why that's even there - but I'd definitely add some dried marjoram
or oregano, say 1/2 tsp, and a couple of cloves of minced garlic. I use
beef stock (or substitute canned defatted broth) or vegetable broth. My
recipe doesn't call for tomato sauce. It does call for ground chili powder.
It's your soup; your call

Make sure the crock pot is set to low; basically all you're doing is heating
this over a long period of time while you're at work or whatever. I use a
little more liquid than you mentioned (but again, no tomato sauce, which
would make up the difference). In the last hour of cooking I throw in 1/4
c. pearl barley. It thickens the soup nicely and adds another little
something.

The canned beans in mine are all drained and rinsed in a collander prior to
putting them in the pot with the other stuff. Off the top of my head (cause
I'm lazy and don't feel like looking) mine has 1 can navy beans (smaller
than Great Northern but still a white bean), 1 can red kidney beans, 1 can
garbanzo beans (chick peas), 1 small can lima beans and a small can of cut
green beans.

Jill
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