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From: Pat (
Subject: I just bought 5 pounds of kidney beans....Spices?
Date: April 26, 2003 at 9:12 pm PST

OK, up til now, all I've ever cooked in my PC is winter squash and spuds.... Never added flavor or experimented in any way. I got my PC for almost free about 3 years ago in the days of "give-a-way" at new internet retail sites. That site has since gone belly up. Gave away too much stuff.

Anyway, I was in a neat Indian spice wholesale store and I spied 5 pound bags of kidney beans for $2.50. Seemed like a good deal.

So now I have em and have seen the "quick-soak" method and have looked up the cooking time of about 11 minutes.

But what I was wondering about is after soaking them and all, what kind of stuff should I add to the cooking liquid to make em have a bit of flavor. I will probably be adding them to rice and pasta so I already have some sauce, but I was thinking about some flavor inside the bean.

By the way, I am on a salt restricted diet so I can't add anything with much sodium.

I have various things around the house from red wine, to vinegar, to onions, to garlic (powdered) etc. and of course various spices. Any simple thoughts without getting into some kind of extensive recipe?

Do you just add the spices and wine and other items to the water you use for cooking?

At $2.50 for 5 pounds, these beans sure seem cheaper than the ones in the can.



PS...By the way, this Indian Spice warehouse is amazing. Filled with all manner of stuff and spices. All seems cheap. Huge bags of curry powder. 1 pound for $2.99 but if you buy 5 or 10 pound bags its much cheaper. I'm only doing 1 pound bags of curry powder for now. Smallest bags of spices they have are 8 ounces.
Loads of beans, many of which I've never seen before. Very interesting place.

Its called Santos Spices in San Leandro CA if anyone lives near there.
In a industrial area but open to the public.

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