Thursday, October 8, 2009

New Crock

We picked this crock pot up at a yard sale. We've been debating the pros and cons of yet another electronic kitchen device for some time, but we think this will come in handy for lazy winter meals. We've tried making these beans in the solar oven, but they really don't cook quite right. And to do them in the oven you have to stay home for 8 hours. These are my baked beans, made with a bacon instead of an olive oil base this time. Decadent and delicious. We had them with cornbread and collard greens from the garden.

1 comment:

Benjamin Kalish said...

I like to use a pressure cooker for beans. It is energy efficient and very effective. You can easily get form-the-can softness if that is what you are going for.

Some folks tell you that it is dangerous to cook beans in a pressure cooker, but it doesn't have to be. You just want to be sure not to over fill it, to use lots of oil (which helps keep the starchy foam in control), and, of course, not to leave the pressure cooker unattended while the heat is on. Your pressure cooker should also have a blow-out valve or similar safety feature, though I don't imagine you could find a pressure cooker without one these days.