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Bean Magic

posted Sep 26, 2017, 2:32 PM by Jimmy Babin   [ updated Nov 24, 2017, 8:26 AM ]

There are many kinds of dried beans and peas available at the store today. The trick is the seasoning has to be correct. In my package is the best Magic available. The difference is in cooking application, volume of water and cook time. The soaking is important, but can be adjusted with cook time and process to overcome that.

Some of the dried beans and peas are:
White Bean---Great Northerners
White Bean---Navy
Baby Lima’s
Large Lima’s
Red Kidney Beans
White Kidney Beans
Field Peas
Black Eyed Peas
Lentils
Lady Cream Peas
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Just to name a few!

In this list of processes will describe what will need to be done.

First thing first is all dried peas or beans need to be washed!
Also if you look on the package there is an expiration date, which means it normally will have a tougher skin after cooked in which the cook time will have to increase.





Stove Top--Black Iron--Pressure Cooker---Slow Cooker 

Red Kidney Bean Magic

Beans with a possibility of Ham


Let’s start out with my favorite, the Slow Cooker better known as a Crock Pot

Ingredients:

1 pack of Creative Cajun Cooking’s Bean Magic

2 pounds of Red Kidney Beans rinsed 

7 Cups water

1-1/2 pound of cured cubed ham

1 cup Green Onion Tops chopped for decorations


Directions:

Slow Cooker

Before you leave for work do this:

In a 6 quart or larger slow cooker pot, mix beans, ham, water, and Creative Cajun Cooking’s Bean Magic

Set it on a low heat and go to work. In the next 10 hours when you get home just make yourself a pot of rice in that rice cooker then serve. Serve the beans over the top of a bed of rice then sprinkle the Green Onions you chopped over the top of the beans. They will think you slaved over the stove all day!

Stove Top

For a stove top, use 11 cups of water and it takes about 2-1/2 hours on a medium to low fire once they get to boiling. Put lid on and stir sometimes!

Pressure Cooker

For the Pressure Cooker, use 10 cups of water Cook on Bean Setting, Natural Pressure release for ___ Minutes

When using Link Sausage, slice in medallions and add to beans after they are cooked so as just to heat up the sausage.


Oh YES!!! Black Eyed Peas and Ham

It’s not just for New Years Day!!!

This is a pea country folks can get into every week. 

I like mine over a fluffy bed of rice but it can be consumed straight up if you’re not from the South!

Cook time and water requirements are the same as the
Red Kidney Beans recipe on these tasty treats also!
How much easier can you get? 

Wow!!! Great Northerners and Ham

This is a bean country folks can get into just anytime we get a chance.

Locak resturants have been serving this as a side along with Fried Catfish!

I like mine over a fluffy bed of rice but hey being from Louisiana we grow and consume a lot of rice.

So just make youself at home and enjoy where ever you may be!

Cook time and water requirements are the same as the
Red Kidney Beans recipe above.


What??? Lentils

This is a (what I call in the Pea family item) great tasting Pea. Sorry but we don’t eat many of these in the South, but being Cajun, we eat anything—LOL

I heard of them before and someone said it was mostly a Northern thing, so I can make it a Southern thing with my Bean Magic!! Just so you don’t think I’m fooling you, I asked Google because Google knows all!!

The lentil (Lens culinaris) is an edible pulse. It is a bushy annual plant of the legume family, known for its lens-shaped seeds. It is about 40 cm (16 in) tall, and the seeds grow in pods, usually with two seeds in each.

Cook time and water requirements have changed!!!!
Add 1/2 cup of water and 3 minutes less on cook time than the Red Kidney Beans recipe. How much easier can you get?



It’s Chick Pea Time!!!
This is a (what I call in the Pea family item) great tasting Pea.
Sorry but we don’t eat many of these in the South, but...
being Cajun, we eat anything—LOL

I heard of them before and someone said it was mostly a Northern thing, so
I can make it a Southern thing with my Bean Magic!! 
Just so you don’t think I’m fooling you, I asked Google because Google knows all!!

Description. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans and gram, are regarded as beans, but botanically are neither beans nor peas. The chickpea is a tender annual legume, a bushy plant that grows to about 18 inches tall and has pairs of dark green, compound leaflets that look like vetch. Chick peas have swollen, oblong pods to about 1 inch long and nearly as wide that contain one or two large, cream-colored, pea-like seeds each. Flowers may be white or violet colored depending on the variety.

Cook time and water requirements have changed!!!!

Add 3 cups of water and double the minutes on cook time
than the Red Kidney Beans recipe.
How much easier can you get?


I hope these illustrations of cooking beans and peas not only give you the concept on timing and water amount variations on these dried bean & peas, but will also illustrate the versatility of my “Bean Magic” and how easy it is to use

Jimmy L. Babin


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