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I borrowed a recipe from a mama here for black bean & sweet potato stew. I followed the package directions for the black beans. Boiled them for two minutes and then let them soak for 1 hour. They then sat in a crock pot on high for the entire day.<br><br>
They're still crunchy like peanuts<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It's the first time I've used the dried beans. Do they not get mushy like the canned ones?<br><br>
Other than the the stew is yummmmy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Did you add any salt or anything acidic (like tomatoes or lemon juice) when you put them in the crock pot? Salt and acidity will prevent beans from softening. Here is what you can do to cook beans:<br>
Step 1- soak them. Either use the quick soak method (boil two minutes and sit for an hour) or put to soak overnight. Drain and rinse.<br>
Step 2- precook or prepare them. A couple of different options. Cook on high in a crock pot for three hours covered in water (it may take longer for chickpeas) or cook on the stove top or in a pressure cooker until softened. Another thing you can do it to freeze the drained beans in the freezer. When they are frozen the water inside expands and hardens and breaks down the cellulose then they will be soft when you thaw them. You can freeze soaked beans in 2 cup batches and use them like canned.<br>
Step 3- use them in your recipe that calls for canned or cooked beans. Once they are soft you can add whatever you want.
 

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Errr...was the crockpot plugged in? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
Dried beans should get nice and soft, just like the canned ones. Not sure what the problem could be, except maybe they just needed more cooking? Sorry they didn't turn out for you, but do try again.<br><br>
HTH!<br>
~Nick
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Errr...was the crockpot plugged in? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
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Um, ya :LOL I think G&B hit it on the nose. I cooked them with tomatoes. Next time I'll make sure they are good and mushy before I throw them in the mix.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Good advice in the pp's. Also, that sounds yummy! Would you mind passing along the recipe?</div>
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I got the idea from someone on the meal planning board. Didn't use an exact recipe but it went something like this:<br><br>
cubed sweet potatoes<br>
black beans<br>
diced tomatoes<br>
vegetable stock<br>
onion<br>
garlic<br><br><br>
I also tossed in some bay leaves, italian seasoning, sea salt, and black pepper. Oh yeah, and I threw in a can of chick peas at the end.<br><br>
Easy, cheap, vegetarian, and fat free. I had some for lunch with italian bread and it was very good. Now the real test will be tonight. If the kids eat it I'll be tickled pink <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/kewl.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="kewl">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Good advice in the pp's. Also, that sounds yummy! Would you mind passing along the recipe?</div>
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I don't know if the OP used my recipe or not, but here's mine, cut-and-pasted from the original post:<br><br>
So basically, it's diced sweet potatoes, black beans (either canned or previously cooked and drained), onion, green pepper, garlic, canned diced tomatoes and/or tomato paste, cumin, a little chipotle chili, chili powder. Add water if necessary to make it sufficiently "soupy" for your tastes, and simmer everything together until the potatoes are tender and the liquid thickened and reduced somewhat. Taste and adjust seasonings, and serve over brown or white rice. Pretty simple, and quick -- it only takes 10-15 minutes depending on how big your potato chunks are.<br><br>
Enjoy!<br>
~Nick
 

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Mmmmmm...thanks mamas. I think I may try this tonight (that is, if they ever get my gas turned back on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , they've been working on it for about 3 hours now).
 
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