Cooking Under Pressure: Brilliant Baked Beans
Andy Anderson !
I tasted different varieties, and decided what I liked and what I did not like. Then, I piled all of the ingredients onto a work table, and began experimenting.
That is when I got to the “fun” part.
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.
3 cfiltered water
1 cdry red beans
1 tspsalt, kosher variety
1 - 2 pinchbaking soda
1/2 cfiltered water
1/2 cmolasses, without sulfur variety
1/2 ccoconut sugar
1 Tbspdry mustard, i prefer coleman’s
1 Tbspsalt, kosher variety, or to taste
1/2 tspwhite pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
6 ozsalt pork or thick slab bacon
How to Make Cooking Under Pressure: Brilliant Baked Beans
- Beans are a very healthy food, rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, and a form of starch called resistant starch, which is proven to be very beneficial for gut health.
Dry beans are also very inexpensive and readily available, especially for people with limited incomes. Dry beans last a very long time because of their low water content; they are not susceptible to attack by bacteria, mold and fungi. Thus, dry beans offer a source of healthy food that is cheap, readily available, and can be stored for years without food safety problems.
I am using dry red beans for this recipe; however, I would think most any variety would work fine.
- These beans are cooked using a two-step method:
Step One - Beans, Salt, and Baking Soda: Adding baking soda to the water of dried beans before cooking in step one, significantly decreases the content of the raffinose family of sugars, and reduces the “gassy” nature of beans.
Step Two – Finish cooking in the sauce, and serving.
Using my pressure cooker, I tried three cooking times:
1. Step One, 20 minutes – Step Two, 15 minutes: Firm beans with a bit of bite.
2. Step One, 20 minutes – Step Two, 20 minutes: Softer beans but with some bite.
3. Step One, 20 minutes – Step Two 25 minutes: Soft beans with a creamy center.
Not all pressure cookers or instant pots are created equal. With my system, 40 minutes of cooking time (20/20) produced the perfect consistency; however, you might have to go a bit longer, or shorter to achieve the desired results.