Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Instant Pot Kidney Beans Fail. But, can I salvage them?

If you're new to this Instant Pot craze, as I am, you might not understand how to cook with it. Take dried beans, for instance.   I looked at the Instant Pot instructions and they were crap. Nowhere did it mention how much water is needed. Upon further investigation, I chose to follow the instructions on the bag. Attention Instant Pot, it might be nice if you put that information in the recipe.

After one failed attempt at garbanzo beans, not soaked, I'm going to try kidney beans, not soaked.

I know, I said I was going to start soaking them going forward. But, dang it, I can't be that responsible. They still want you to soak them for six hours. Six!

Eve Rousseau
Also, because beans foam up, don't fill it passed the 1/2 mark. I was pretty well under the 1/2 mark cooking the entire 1 lb bag and using 8 cups of water. In doing my research one person felt adding a touch of oil helped with the foaming. So, trying it.

Here's what I'm attempting. I decided to make the entire bag and just freeze what I don't need. I love having things ready to go in the freezer.

Kidney Beans Recipe
1 lb kidney beans, sorted. Beans pretty much come as they are at the time of picking. That's why you have to sort them. You don't want to chomp down on bits of grit. Broken tooth, anyone?
2 tsp salt, or what looked like 2 tsp in my palm
1 small glug of olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, smashed because I didn't want to mince them
8 cups water

Put everything in Instant Pot. Use beans setting (first time), and set for 35 minutes, normal, high pressure, natural release.

Cross fingers.

Results:
Mush.

poor instant pot directions
It's hard to convey the level of mush present in this picture, but trust me, gross. Now, I don't want my beans toothsome, but dangit, I don't want them to be mealy. Brrr.

It took nearly an hour to depressurize. Alright, so I added eight cups of water, that may have been a mistake. The Instant Pot manual says to start out with only 1 cup of water in the pot as the more water there is the longer it'll take to pressurize and depressurize. And that means more time spent cooking. But, does that mean I can cook an entire pound of beans with one cup of water? Who knows?  Well, you know what, nobody told me how much water to add. Next time I'll put less. I'll also add more salt as they're bland as heck. Unless I just give up.

Because, in trying to save money by using the instant pot, I keep wasting money by cooking things incorrectly.

So, now I have to decide if the beans are too mushy to put in the enchiladas. Blah.

See how it turned out tomorrow.

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