today we will cook a pot of beans. the funny thing is beans intimidated me so much when i was first married and i think now i have pretty much got it together when it comes making beans lol.
ok first off i just get some beans from the store (i do not buy them bagged i buy them in the produce section in those big bins, do you all have them?) so i go through and make sure there are no funky beans, shriveled up, or rocks in there and discard all of those.
next i rinse all the beans in a colander for like 5 minutes until they are nice and clean. no need to soak them ahead of time they will cook perfect!
i put them in a pan and fill it with water and add 5-6 garlic cloves and a good amount of salt. turn the fire on high until the water begins to boil, then i put the cover on and cook on medium for about 3-4 hours. keep checking on them and if the water is getting low just add some more, it is not rocket science don't be afraid of it. after 3-4 hours add a big palm full of cumin, some seasoning salt and lower it to low. cook until you can pick up a bean and smash a bean between 2 fingers with out a ton of pressure.
this is what they look like when they are done, you can eat them like this. we usually eat them this way the first night as a side, or in veggie soup (i will posting my recipe for this soup in a couple of days it is DELICIOUS!) but if you want to make refried beans this is how you do it:
make sure you add the juice to the beans too or they will be much to dry. use your masher and mash while they are cooking, do not over mash them you do not want them to be too smooth you want texture people. once they are to your liking and bubbling you can add the cheese you love, i usually use jack cheese. they will still look runny but dont worry they will thicken up as they cool.
at this point i turn off the flame and put a lid on it until ready to eat. wanna see my favorite way to have refried beans?
take a small pan and add abut a table spoon of oil and fry a tortilla until crispy, top with beans and cheese, and all your favorites that you would put on a taco. Seriously so good and a meatless dinner. Beans are a great source of protein!!!!