Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Pot o' beans

I've had a request from one of my (okay, my only) reader (love ya, Liss!) about how I make beans. Yes, they're a favorite in our family, ALWAYS mashed up with cornbread, unless you're weird like my husband. (He eats them with ketchup, with cornbread on the side, the sicko.)

My last pot was AMAZING and PERFECT--my first time for this! So now I'm an expert. The previous pot stunk up the whole house, I burned them so bad. I do not recommend cooking beans on heat higher than medium.

Here's what I do:

Quick-rinse the beans by rinsing them in a colandar, then dumping them in the pot and then filling it up with water. Do this three times. Fill the pot half-full with water and place it on the stove on medium heat. While the burner is warming up, add chunks of onion and the meat of your choosing. Note on the meat: A very seasoned, savory hambone is the absolute best, but bacon will do as well. In fact, my PERFECT pot of beans was done with bacon. Add a couple tablespoons of salt. I've learned it's best to add a small amount of salt early, and then add the rest when you can taste the beans later.

Bring this to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for three hours or so, adding water every half-hour or so.

That's it! It's a fine art, beans-making.


Audrey said...

Ketchup must be a Mauck thing! Kyle does it too. My baked potato salad from Saturday was really good. 2 lbs red potatoes tossed in olive oil and salt. Cook at 350 until tender. Chunk when cool. Add 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 C. ranch. 3/4 cup bacon bits, 1 bunch green onion chopped, 1 C. cheddar cheese. Chill and serve. Delicious!

Kim said...

Hey that sounds like potato salad I might actually like. I don't like the mustardy taste of the usual stuff, and I love green onion, and EVOO!