Why I'll Never Drain Canned Beans AgainSkills
Sometimes being lazy is better.
4 Popular Types of Lentils, ExplainedSkills
We can’t pick a favorite.
My Brilliant Hack for Making Canned Beans Taste As Good as a RestaurantSkills
It’s 100x better than store-bought.
The Best Way to Freeze Green BeansSkills
This is the best way to make sure they're prepped and ready for all of your future side dishes.
What’s the Difference Between Split Peas and Lentils?Skills
I remember this one time I didn't label my purchases from the bulk bin, and I couldn't remember what was in the bag. Were they split peas or lentils?
How To Pick, Clean and Prepare Fava BeansSkills
Go ahead and make your jokes about fava beans and a nice Chianti. There’s no denying that these fresh, meaty beans are delicious, and they are in season right now, so grab them up! This protein-packed legume can be mashed and spread on bruschetta, or folded them into mashed potatoes. Most Americans aren’t familiar with fava beans, so we hope this post will make them seem less mysterious and cause more people to give them a try.
The 6 Most Helpful Things I Learned from Kitchn's Cooking SchoolSkills
I'm a culinary school graduate, a food editor, and a cookbook author, and I *still* learned a ton.
We Tried 7 Methods for Cooking Dried Chickpeas and the Winner Blinded Us with Science
Skills Showdown
The winner took us completely by surprise.
This Is How to Substitute Lentils for Ground BeefSkills
This substitute isn't just for vegans or vegetarians.
Oct 20, 2020
How to Be a Cook Who Cooks Beans, Grains, and Rice Without a Recipe
Kitchn Cooking School
Learn how to make these ingredients taste their best.
Oct 8, 2020
10 Things I Learned from Writing a Whole Book About Beans
Cookbook Club
Long before a global pandemic had us all stocking our pantries, I thought beans were due for their moment in the spotlight.
Sep 15, 2020
This Is the Fastest Way to Soak Your BeansSkills
Yes, it's worth it. But there's a faster way.
Mar 31, 2020
The Easy WFH Lunch I Meal Prep Every Week
Kitchn Love Letter
It gets even better with time.
Mar 29, 2020
3 Easy, Protein-Packed Dips to Add to Your Meal Prep RoutineSkills
Just toss your ingredients in a food processor and hit the purée button.
Jan 2, 2020
This Is the Secret to Better Homemade HummusSkills
This simple tip is the key to achieving hummus bliss.
Jun 26, 2019
5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy This Valentine’s DaySkills
This time of year, hearts are abundant in every way, shape, and form. There are the classic heart-shaped candies, of course, but also cookies, cupcakes, and pizzas. Even breakfast gets in on the action with heart-shaped eggs and bacon! (See all the heart-shaped things here.) But it’s rare we actually stop to think about our real heart — and I’m not talking about in the emotional sense.
Jun 8, 2019
Perfectly Cooked Beans: Leave the Cover On or Off?Skills
We picked up this tip in a blurb at the end of a recipe in one our favorite cookbooks, A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider:If you simmer beans in an uncovered pot, they will end up firmer and more intact. This perfect for dishes where you really want the beans to keep their shape without smooshing, like salads and pasta dishes.
Jun 4, 2019
More Online Resources for Heirloom BeansSkills
We’ve talked a lot about Rancho Gordo and their heirloom beans this month, and we’re not finished yet — there’s one more recipe from Heirloom Beans coming up this afternoon, and we’ve saved the best for last. So you know that we’re huge fans of Rancho Gordo and all the delicious flavor in their beans. But Rancho Gordo isn’t the only place you can find great beans for eating. Here are three more online shops that sell a wide variety of heirloom beans.
Jun 4, 2019
What’s Up with That Foamy Stuff When You Wash Canned Beans?Skills
As a vegetarian, I eat beans — and lots of them. At least once a week, and usually far more often, I’ll find myself at the sink rinsing off canned kidney beans in a colander to rid them of the liquid glop from the can, or standing over a pot of dried chickpeas, giving it an occasional stir.
May 30, 2019
Ingredient Spotlight: Christmas Lima BeansSkills
Okay, we know the phrase “lima beans” might send some of you running, but we hope even the most ardent hatersChristmasDespite their popularity in the South in the mid- to late-19th century, Christmas lima beans, like many crops, were largely replaced by a few commercial varieties in the 20th century.
May 2, 2019
15 More Ways to Flavor Roasted ChickpeasSkills
It’s been almost a year now since the entire food contingent of the internet went cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs roasted chickpeas. Since then home cooks have been tossing them in all sorts of flavors! Some are sweet while others are savory, but no matter which one you choose, they all look dyno-mite! We spent a ridiculous amount of time searching out different flavors to accompany the toasted nuttiness of The Chickpea.
May 2, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Brown, Green, and Red Lentils?Skills
A handful of lentils is perfect for rounding out a soup or making a salad just a little more filling. They come in brown, green, red, and all shades in between, and we love trying a new kind whenever we come across one! Ever wonder if the color or specific variety really makes a difference? In very broad and general categories, here are the most common kinds of lentils we see in stores.
May 2, 2019
Ingredient Spotlight: Mesquite Beans & FlourSkills
Most people are familiar with the use of mesquite firewood for barbecuing, but did you know the tree has edible pods, too? Flour made from the ground beans is becoming more readily available, and if you live in the Southwest, where mesquite trees grow, you can harvest your own beans now or later this year.Although mesquite beans and flour were an important food for many Native American tribes, they had been been largely forgotten since the late 19th century.
May 2, 2019
Why I Soak Dried Beans for 24 HoursSkills
For a long time I ignored the instructions to soak dried beans. I love beans, and I eat heirloom dried beans nearly every week — their meaty, creamy textures and tastes are just wonderful, and their complex protein and carbohydrates are a great addition to any diet. But I have a method for cooking them that really doesn’t require soaking and generally I don’t plan ahead enough to soak them. But now I’ve changed my tune completely — and here’s why.
May 2, 2019
Can You Cook Beans After Using Them as Pie Weights?Skills
Q: Why can’t one cook dried beans after they have been used as pie crust weights??Sent by BeaEditor: Well, this is a good question, what with pie season in full swing! Beans are perhaps the most common pie weight used in blind-baking pie crusts. (See Fine Cooking’s instructions for this here.) So, are those beans good for anything after they’ve weighed down your pie crust?Here’s an answer from CHOW and Rose Levy Berenbaum:• Can I Eat the Beans I Use for Pie Weights?
May 2, 2019
Cooking Chickpeas from Scratch: Is It Really Worth It?Skills
I’ve always been an avid canned chickpea user. At least once I week I open a can to toss into a salad, whir into hummus or add to a soup. Nothing could be easier and tastier. But I recently cooked a batch of chickpeas from scratch and I now know that fresh cooked chickpeas are something entirely onto themselves. Does this mean that I will stop buying canned chickpeas? Not at all! The way I see it, canned chickpeas still have a place in my kitchen because they’re convenient.
May 2, 2019
Cheap, Convenient & Better Than Canned: Freezer BeansSkills
I love beans. They’re an inexpensive, healthy and tasty protein that I eat at least a couple times a week. But I don’t love canned beans, which I find flavorless and mushy compared to beans cooked from scratch. So instead of relying on canned beans for quick weeknight meals, I’ve started cooking big batches of from-scratch beans and freezing them, so I always have perfectly cooked beans on hand and ready to thaw for dinner.
May 2, 2019
Can You Help Me Learn to Love Beans?Skills
Q: I hate all beans except green beans and edamame. My problem is the texture: the skin and chalky interior. I can do pureed beans in hummus, white bean dip, and black bean soup. But I would love to try all the wonderful bean dishes I see on Kitchn. I’d like the Kitchn readers to help me learn to love beans!At a restaurant, I once had some fancy nachos with really delicious small white beans. They were creamy on the inside and the skins were thin and tender.
May 2, 2019
Are Old Lentils and Split Peas Safe to Eat?Skills
Q: I made a soup last week with lentils and split peas, but I don’t know how old the split peas were. They smelled musty, but I only realized it was the legumes after I had started cooking the soup. Were my lentils or peas bad? Will I get sick if I eat the soup?Sent by CharlotteEditor: No, I don’t think you need to worry about getting sick from old lentils or other legumes, though I would recommend rinsing them thoroughly before cooking to wash away any dust.
May 2, 2019
What Are Chili Beans?Skills
Q: Chili beans are an ingredient in your Pumpkin Chili recipe. I would really like to make this, but I am not sure what chili beans are. Sent by Ellen Editor: Chili beans are something you’ll find in the canned good aisle at your grocery store. I believe they are usually pinto beans in a mild chili-spiked sauce. If you can’t find chili beans, you can likely just substitute pinto beans. Readers, what do you think? Do you often cook with chili beans?
May 2, 2019
Think Salt is the Enemy of Perfect Beans? Think Again.Skills
I don’t want to start any bean wars here, but we might be doing it all wrong. Like a great many of you, I was taught never ever to add salt to beans until the end of cooking or else risk hard, crunchy beans that take forever to become edible. But I recently took a chance on a bean-salting tip I picked up from Cook’s Illustrated. The results? They’ve been very surprising.
May 2, 2019
Lentils: The New GravySkills
As with eye cream and good wine, I didn’t begin to appreciate lentils until I got older. For a long time, their dull colors and mushy texture scared me. But I’ve come to realize that it’s exactly this — the mushiness — that gives lentils so much “swap potential” in the kitchen. When boiled, lentils break down to form a creamy, thick puree (without a blender, people!) Which means they make a great mimic for dips, batters, and even pate.
May 2, 2019
What Are The Best Dishes To Make With My Heirloom Beans?Skills
Q: I’ve recently gone down the dangerous road of buying lots of different dried beans, mostly because they’re pretty. I have probably four pounds of cranberry beans and Jacob’s cattle beans, and some flageolet beans. While I can definitely just stick them in soup and chili, I’m hoping for some advice on what each bean is really best for. Sent by Cait Editor: I tend to pair the flavor and texture of the bean with the dish.
May 2, 2019
No-Waste Tip: Save Leftover Bean Broth for Poaching EggsSkills
Besides perfectly tender and flavorful beans, another big bonus of cooking dried beans from scratch is bean broth, the tasty and nutritious liquid left behind in the pot. If you’re tired of using it in soups, Rancho Gordo owner and all-around bean guru Steve Sando has one surprising suggestion for extra bean broth: poach eggs in it! Leftover bean-cooking liquid is particularly flavorful if you cooked your beans with aromatics like bay leaf and garlic or smoked meats.
May 2, 2019
The Easiest Way to Peel Fava BeansSkills
Some people like the ritual of shelling and peeling fava beans, but the two-step process is still labor-intensive. After getting the beans out of their pods, they still have to be blanched in boiling water, then dunked in ice water, before the pesky skins come off easily. Here’s a tip for peeling them that doesn’t require the stove or a single drop of water: use your freezer! Shuck the fava beans out of their pods, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet or plate.
May 2, 2019
Cooking School Day 11: BeansSkills
Today’s Topic: Beans The Goal: 20 lessons, 20 days to become a better cook at home Enter to win The Kitchn Cookbook: Simply share and tag photos of your Kitchn Cooking School progress on Instagram and Twitter with #kitchnschool to enter for a chance to win. We’re giving away one copy for every homework assignment during The Kitchn’s Cooking School. See rules and regulations.
May 1, 2019
Why Do My Lentils Always Stay Hard After Cooking?Skills
Q: I’ve tried again and again to cook with lentils, but every time, they come out hard. I’ve tried them in burgers, soups, etc., but every time they are almost unpalatable. Should I be soaking them? I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong or what I should be doing differently. My fiancé is close to banning me from cooking with lentils. Help me, please! Sent by Jessica Editor: First, I wonder how old your lentils are.
May 1, 2019
Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away the Liquid from Cooking LentilsSkills
For many home cooks, lentils have officially crossed over from the world of unfamiliar legume to common pantry staple, earning a coveted spot on the shelf between rice and beans. Red or green, tender or toothy, hot or cold — lentils can be used in an endless variety of dishes. And no matter how you plan to eat them, they usually start with a simple boil and drain. But here’s a tip: Don’t toss that cooking liquid.
May 1, 2019
The 4 Essential Ways to Cook a Pot of BeansSkills
Cooking dried beans has this funny way of feeling like a complicated, daunting task, but once you find the method that works best for you, you’ll realize it’s mostly a hands-off affair. The main thing it requires from you is time — and exactly how much time varies from just an hour up to seven or eight hours, depending on which of these four cooking methods you use.
May 1, 2019
Five 3-Ingredient Bean Dips for Smart SnackingSkills
Here’s the thing about snacking: it shouldn’t be difficult, and there’s no reason why it can’t be nutritious. Enter these three-ingredient bean dips. All you need are a few ingredients pulled from the pantry and a blender; in minutes, you’ve got a healthful, delicious treat. So skip the store-bought dips — homemade dip is easier than you think.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking with Canned BeansSkills
Canned beans are a staple to keep in the pantry at all times. Pick your favorite variety and watch how easily and seamlessly this simple and inexpensive food can save your meal. From chili and soup, to burritos and rice dishes, canned beans know how to be the hero of the dinner table — just as long as you know the ins and outs of cooking with them. Here are five mistakes to avoid.
May 1, 2019
9 Ways to Turn a Pot of Beans into Lunch for the WeekSkills
I encourage you to add make a pot of beans to your list of things to do this weekend — it will most definitely save each and every lunch throughout the coming week. Plop a pot of beans on the stove while you go about your Saturday or Sunday, and let them lazily simmer until they’re soft and creamy. Then tuck the whole pot in your fridge and reach for it throughout the week for hearty, satisfying lunches. Here are 10 ideas to inspire you.
May 1, 2019
Do You Know Your Chickpea ABCs?Skills
We love beans in all shapes and sizes, but the ever-versatile chickpea is special. Whether you call them garbanzos, chana, or ceci, these pale yellow beans are so delicious and useful in the kitchen that we’re devoting a whole month to helping you sing the alphabet. Welcome to the ABCs of Chickpeas. These nutty, wholesome little beans are more than just a good source of protein and fiber.
May 1, 2019
B Is for Black ChickpeasSkills
If you’ve ever come across a bag of dried black chickpeas before, you might have thought there was something wrong with them. But no, they’re not moldy. In fact, they’re perfectly wonderful. Here’s the deal with black chickpeas. Black chickpeas are a rare kind of chickpea found in India and a tiny part of Italy. However, both countries actually grow different varieties.
May 1, 2019
C Is for Chickpea FlourSkills
Chickpea flour has been getting a whole lot of love recently in the food world, and for good reason. Not only is it gluten-free, but it’s also packed with protein, fiber, and flavor that makes it an incredibly useful ingredient in any kitchen. First, it’s important to know what chickpea flour is if you’re unfamiliar. Basically, it’s dry chickpeas that have been ground up finely into a flour — that’s it!
May 1, 2019
D Is for Dried ChickpeasSkills
While I often rely on canned chickpeas to make my life in the kitchen easier, taking the time to cook dried beans has its benefits. A bag of dried chickpeas is cheap and the final product is more flavorful than the canned stuff — they’re creamier, meatier, and richer. It’s worth taking a little time on the weekend to cook up a pot and see the difference.
May 1, 2019
E Is for E CeciSkills
Ceci, the Italian word for chickpea, is something I came to know and love during my time in Italy. Beans are treated with as much care as pricy cuts of meat in the country and form the base of many traditional dishes. If you’re still skeptical about the power of chickpeas, I guaruntee that the Italians will change your opinion. Chickpeas are just one of the many staples of la cucina povera, which directly translates to “the poor kitchen.
May 1, 2019
5 Reasons Your Aquafaba Won’t WhipSkills
Watching a bowl of aquafaba transform into whipped cream-like peaks is a magical thing, but sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Whipping the liquid from your can of chickpeas into vegan whipped cream, icing, and meringue is a fun little trick, but a few mistakes can arise that can prevent it from whipping properly. Here are five things to watch out for when you turn the beater on to make the crazy, wacky, magical thing called aquafaba.
May 1, 2019
What Is Chickpea Flour?Skills
If you've browsed the varieties of flours at the grocery store lately, you've likely come across chickpea flour.
May 1, 2019
Before Using Chickpea Flour, Do This FirstSkills
If you’re already embracing chickpea flour, in socca and other gluten-free treats, here’s a way to enjoy it even more. It takes less than 15 minutes of your time and makes the flour even more rich and flavorful before using it. Toasting chickpea flour brings out its nutty aroma and flavor while adding texture, making it an even more complex ingredient.
May 1, 2019
To Thicken Soups and Sauces, Look to the PantrySkills
You simmer up a big pot of soup and it’s just too brothy for your liking — what to do? Head to the pantry. There’s a smart ingredient that thickens soups and sauces that you might never have thought to use before. Forget corn or potato starch or even a quick slurry and look to chickpea flour instead. Made from ground dry chickpeas, this gluten-free flour is a great thickener.
May 1, 2019
My Favorite Brand of Canned ChickpeaSkills
As much as I’d like to say I always cook my chickpeas from scratch, that’d be a lie. Yes, you can’t beat the flavor of a pot of chickpeas that has slowly simmered on the stove all afternoon, but frankly, I usually don’t have the time or the foresight for that. More often than not, I am digging through my pantry for a can of chickpeas to toss together a quick meal after a busy day — and I always reach for the same brand. Yep, those cans of Goya always deliver.
May 1, 2019
H Is for HummusSkills
It could be argued that chickpeas are at their absolute best when blended into smooth hummus — I feel pretty strongly that this is indeed the case. While I’ll take the beige beans in any shape and form, I am happiest when they’re made into hummus. We at Kitchn love the stuff. It makes a frequent appearance in our snacks, lunches, dinners, and even breakfasts.
May 1, 2019
J Is for JalfreziSkills
Jalfrezi may be lesser-known than dishes like tikka masala or rogan josh, but it still has quite the fan base. And that’s for good reason — this Indian stir-fry is as fragrant and comforting as the others, with even more of a powerful, spicy kick. The story of jalfrezi starts in eastern India, where, during the British Raj, chefs came up with the recipe as a way of using up leftovers, which over time became a way of cooking marinated meat instead.
May 1, 2019
The One Weird Place I Use HummusSkills
I am constantly looking for ways to use up the extra-large batches of hummus I make or the tubs I buy on sale at the grocery store. Sure, I can confidently polish off a fair share with pita chips or crackers as a mid-afternoon snack, but there’s always some left over that needs using. When our Associate Food Editor, Meghan, clued me into her favorite (but most surprising!) way to use hummus, I didn’t believe her until I tried it. Now I am a convert.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Making HummusSkills
You can’t beat homemade hummus, no matter what the shelves upon shelves of pre-made stuff at the grocery store lead you to believe. But there are a few keys to ensuring that your hummus is scrape-the-bowl worthy. Here are five mistakes to avoid the next time you make hummus that will guarantee success. Yes, in a pinch you can successfully make hummus with canned beans, but it just honestly won’t be as good.
May 1, 2019
U Is for Chickpea, UpSkills
If you’ve ever been weirded out by cocktails that contain egg whites, or just avoided them all together because you’re vegan, there’s a worthy substitute to know about. Egg whites are added to a number of classic cocktails, like gin fizzes, to add texture and volume to it — it makes for a drink that’s extra creamy with a light, pillowy foam on top. These same characteristics can, however, be mimicked by another ingredient: aquafaba.
May 1, 2019
Z Is for Chickpeas Love Za’atarSkills
If the chickpeas you’re eating have yet to be introduced to the spice blend za’atar, it’s time you changed that. The Middle Eastern mix of dried thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds is fragrant and balanced and is a versatile ingredient in a number of dishes — but when paired with chickpeas, it really shines.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking LentilsSkills
If you’re not already cooking lentils all the time, you should be — they’re quick, easy, wholesome, and affordable. While making them is pretty straightforward, there are a few mistakes that can be made along the way that may leave you with a pot of lentils that you’re less than satisfied with. Here’s what to avoid to achieve lentil success. Lentils happen to be just as versatile to cook as they are to cook with.
May 1, 2019
5 Tips to Help You Make a Better Pot of LentilsSkills
Lentils are a hearty addition to any dish, yet they are often an underused ingredient. They cook quickly, especially when compared to other legumes or beans, and are just as versatile (they work in burgers, soups, and salads). So if you aren’t in the habit yet, making a big batch on Sunday means a week of delicious meals at your fingertips. Whether you’re new to lentils or just want a refresher on cooking them, here are five tips to help you make a pot to be proud of.
May 1, 2019
This Smart Upgrade to Bean Dip Is from Your PantrySkills
With little effort, this is the one-ingredient upgrade that comes with a big reward and turns basic bean dip into a bold appetizer. In case you needed one more reason to keep a can of Rotel tomatoes stocked in the pantry, consider this blend of diced tomatoes and fiery roasted chiles the easiest way to really up the ante in a basic bean dip. Stir in just a little bit and it will treat even the most mild of bean dips to a big boost in flavor and heat.
May 1, 2019
The Easiest Taco Dip Is Made in a Slow CookerSkills
There are those who go to Super Bowl parties for the game, and those who are there for the food (that’s me!). Inspired by classic taco dip, this is the warm and cheesy bean dip that will win over both sides of the party. This riff takes the three best layers of any taco dip — the beans, cheese, and salsa — and brings them together in one warm appetizer, with the help of the slow cooker. It’s hearty, a little indulgent, and, depending on the salsa you choose, spicy.
May 1, 2019
What’s So Special About French Lentils?Skills
Skim a recipe with lentils in the title and you may find it specifically calls for the French variety. Are you wondering, like I have for all my lentil-eating years, why they are specifically called out? Brown or green lentils are a whole lot cheaper at the grocery store, so wouldn’t those work just fine? The truth is that there is actually a difference between French lentils and the other guys — and depending on the recipe, the difference really matters.
May 1, 2019
The Secret to a Better Lentil SaladSkills
For the longest time, I struggled with lentils. I used to think, Give me chickpeas, white beans, or really any kind of bean before lentils any day. I never felt they tasted like much, even after I cooked and spiced them lovingly in the kitchen. I wanted to be the girl who ate, and enjoyed, lentil salads, but I really just couldn’t get there. After many attempts I gave up, and haven’t had a bag of the legumes in my pantry for years.
May 1, 2019
I Tried to Save Money on Groceries and Ended Up Poisoning MyselfSkills
I’m planning on attending graduate school this fall, so I’ve been trying to save $1,500 a month in hopes of taking out as little in student loans as possible. After crunching some numbers, I realized that, aside from housing and utilities, the majority of my money went to groceries (I’m Hungarian, and I have a deep love for meat, especially artisanal salami from my local Eastern European butcher). I decided to limit myself to $200 per month on groceries.
Apr 30, 2019