Local Finds: Dean of the Fresher Dried Beans

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Purchase beans at ranchogordo.com, $5.95/pound. | Photo: Randy Mayor

Steve Sando, in the heart of wine country, has spent a decade divining the complex character of humble dried beans. His business, Rancho Gordo, sells three dozen heirloom legumes, including pinto-like Good Mother Stallards and tiny but meaty tepary beans. “Fresher dried beans take less time to cook,” Sando says. “The texture tends to be creamier. A lot of people think cooking beans is a skill, but it’s more the quality of the bean that matters.” His top cooking tip, thousands of pots later? Save leftover bean broth to poach eggs. –Jenn Garbee

COMMENTS

  1. Luynne Buchanan

    I recently read that canned beans are healthier than dried beans. I don’t recall the source, but I will research it. I have eaten dried beans my whole life but I’m making the switch. I cooked canned beans This week (Anita’s Cheater Beans, Trisha Yearwood’s recipe on Food Network) and they were delicious, my family loved them. Any feedback ?

    January 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

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