Vegan slow cooker beans
Does anyone else know that you can pop an opened bag o' dried beans in the slow cooker in the morning with water about an inch or two from the top, depending on how juicy you like your beans, a chopped onion or two, and maybe some cumin, and enough salt to "make the water taste like the sea". *****Sassy Sez:
Doesn't even seem to matter if you cook on low or high....when you get home from work you have the tastiest beans ever, no soaking required!
Easiest beans ever!
Hi there, Donna! Thanks so much for sharing this tip on how to slow cook beans.
Personally, I purchased a slow cooker years ago – MAN was I excited to finally learn to cook some good vegan grub in a slow cooker. Anyway, I put all the ingredients in the cooker, went to bed, and when I woke up there was a strange burned-food smell.
“ACK! MY SLOW COOKER!”
I ran into the kitchen, removed the slow cooker lid, picked up the bowl insert thingy, and the food had burned so badly, you could literally pick up the bowl and look through the bottom to the other side of the room -- it had burned the entire bottom away! Crazy!!!
Thank goodness it didn’t cause a fire. Not sure exactly what went wrong – likely a manufacturer's defect, but it freaked me out so much I turned my back on slow cooking for years and years. I mean, it really freaked me out.
These days I have learned to embrace slow cooking
and you are SO right about how easy it is to cook beans in them. We love to make soups and stews too.Special note about slow cooking red kidney beans:
If you're slow cooking kidney beans they MUST be boiled for 10-15 minutes first to help destroy a toxin naturally present in red kidney beans
. THEN slow cook as normal. This is not necessary for any other bean, just the kidney.
Getting back to the topic at hand, I would love to hear from others who slow cook their beans too.
Thanks so much, and have a great day. xo