Nourish - How to Cook Dried Mixed Beans from Scratch
Dried beans are an affordable source of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins that offer many health benefits. These include gut health, heart health, blood sugar level control, cholesterol-lowering benefits as well as providing a plethora of antioxidants.
For many recipes you’ll be asked to use cooked beans, such as in our mixed bean summer salad recipe, and here’s how to get them cooked to perfection!
- Dried mixed beans (or bean of choice)
- Optional: Kombu strip
- To cook dried mixed beans, first, they need to be soaked overnight or for about 12 hours in cold water.
- When they’re ready, refresh the water, covering the beans by a good few inches and boil in a pan with a bay leaf and/or a strip of kombu (this assists in the digestion of most dried beans).
- Cooking time can vary according to the quality or age of the beans but generally they take at least an hour simmering on a medium to low heat.
- Test them towards the end of cooking and remove from the heat before they start to break up.
You can add mixed beans into almost everything! Salads, stews, curries, chilis, soups, stir-fry’s, dips, burgers and more!
Beans are so just versatile. You can make hummus with chickpeas, cannellini beans or even butter beans. Or why not just mix them and see what delicious concoction you create?!
If you’re looking for a hummus with a bit more pizazz, check out this beetroot hummus from our recipe section.
Combining black beans and red kidney beans in Mexican dishes works a treat, or how about throwing as many as you can think of into a big chilli?
Here are two fantastic recipes for burgers that use beans as their base.
Additionally, we have here a mixed bean salad recipe that combines beans with a medley of salad leaves and fresh veg.
And if you’re looking for something warm, try out this butterbean with baked tomatoes, courgette and garlic recipe.
Especially worth noting is this baked bean recipe utilizing butter beans, however any mean will do, including mixed beans. It’s tasty on toast, but equally, it pairs well with a multitude of other foods, such as gnocchi.