Black beans have no flavor
I love Black Beans out of the can, but would like to cook them from scratch as I do the other beans. I have not found success. They get the proper texture, but never have any flavor (as the canned black beans do). *****Sassy Sez:
Why are the canned black beans flavorful and the from-scratch beans very bland?
Thanks so much!
Hi Laura! Good question. I'm sure a lot of people wonder the same thing.
There you are wanting to eat the freshest, most wholesome beans made from scratch versus purchased in a can, and the taste leaves something to be desired.
The reason you might find canned beans tastier is because they have lots and lots of SODIUM added. In fact, when you open canned beans you should put them into a colander and give them a good rinse under running water. Not only does this remove some of the sodium, but it also clears away some of the aspects of the canned beans which cause digestive disturbances (read: gas!).
When you cook your own beans from scratch - soaking and cooking them yourself, your beans are the healthiest they can be. But it's up to YOU to add the flavors to make your beans to your liking.
Of course, the cardinal rule to cooking beans is to ADD NO SALT BEFORE COOKING. Wait until your beans are cooked to perfection, and THEN you can salt and any other flavors you prefer.
Have you checked out the Beans Vegan Flavor Matches
? These will help you tremendously, because I teach you which ingredients match the bean you are cooking. In this instance, you would look up the Black Bean Flavor Matches -- any of these ingredients would work perfectly to mix in with your black beans to flavor them. Of course, you don't have to stick with these ingredients -- play around with your food to find flavor combinations you like.
By the way, after years of eating a vegan diet, and avoiding processed foods which are LOADED with sodium, I actually really enjoy the taste of just-cooked beans with NO flavors added whatsoever. Although I usually add ingredients to spruce my beans up because...well, it makes eating more fun. ;)
So anyway, perhaps your taste buds will change some day and you might just enjoy your beans "au naturel" as well.
Hope this helps, and enjoy your homemade black beans! :)