Quick Soak Beans in an Hour

Waiting for dried beans to soak overnight can be a real pain (especially if you’re hungry).  You can, of course, buy them in cans, but the canned beans often have extra salt and/or preservatives in them.  Luckily, there is a way to speed up the process and quick soak the beans in an hour, rather than waiting overnight. Much better!

Here’s all you have to do.  Just measure out the amount of beans you need.  Put them in a large saucepan and cover them with water (about an inch or two over the top of the beans).  Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Let the beans boil for two minutes.

Turn off the heat, and allow them to rest for an hour.

They’re now ready to cook. These are cranberry (or Roman) beans, by the way. Sadly, they lose most of their color when you cook them. They are rather pretty though. And, I find they are firmer and tastier than kidney beans.

Recipes with Quick-Soak Beans

pasta e fagioli soupPasta e Fagioli Soup (Small Batch)

A classic Italian pasta and bean soup in a rich tomato broth. Downsized so it’s perfect for one person.

 

black beans and rice recipe one personBlack Beans and Rice Recipe for One Person

Pantry-friendly, and made with an ingredient you might not expect. Plus, it’s two recipes in one (cook it more you have beans, less and it’s soup).

 

moroccan bean and chicken soupMoroccan Chicken and Bean Soup

Simmered slowly and enriched with saffron, ginger, beans, and pasta. It’s a meal in a bowl. Perfect for chilly days.

 

spicy stovetop chili recipeSmall Batch Spicy Stovetop Chili Recipe

Ground beef, chili powder, garlic, and sriracha! Plus a bit of cinnamon to add warm spice and balance out the heat.

Easily Break Apart a Head of Garlic

Tip: How to Easily Break Apart a Head of Garlic

separate a head of garlic
How to separate a head of garlic

Need to break apart a head of garlic?  It may seem daunting, but there’s a secret trick that makes it simple and easy.

Here’s all you have to do. Just place the bulb on a cutting board, with the larger, wider side down, and the individual cloves pointing up (see photo on right).

Then take a sharp knife and push it straight down through the center of the head of garlic.  Essentially, pretend that you’re stabbing it! Then twist the knife back and forth.  The cloves will come apart easily.




Garlic Recipes

crispy garlic basil potato bitesCrispy Garlic Basil Potato Bites

Tiny crispy bites of potato nirvana, with fluffy interiors and a crispy outside. A lot easier (and faster) than fries.

 

garlic ginger turmeric riceGarlic Ginger Turmeric Rice

This particular rice dish is packed with garlic, ginger, green cardamon pods, and a pinch of turmeric for that beautiful yellow color.  The cardamom adds a minty, citrus flavor. As is, it’s a side dish. Add a few more ingredients, and it’s dinner.

 

linguine with garlic and olive oilLinguine with Garlic and Olive Oil

Simple? Yes. But delicious.  And you can essentially make it from your cupboard.  No shopping required.

 

sauteed garlic parmesan spinachSauteed Garlic Parmesan Spinach

Just a few basic ingredients turn ordinary spinach into something special. Ready in minutes too.

 


Zak Garlic Peeler

Once you’ve broken the head of garlic apart, here’s an easy tool for peeling the cloves. This is silly simple. All you have to do is put the garlic clove inside the tube. Then roll it around on your counter. The papery outside will come right off and your garlic clove is now peeled.