Posted: Jan 5, 2006 5:48 pm
and the soaking of beans
You do not have to soak the beans. Period. They will cook slightly faster when soaked, but the end result is the same. If you add water to beans once they are cooking, use hot/boiling water, otherwise the skins will split. I don't add salt till near the end as it makes them stick more. If you do soak, discard that nasty ass water they were soaking in. I always rinse raw beans, I've found thousands of little bean shaped pieces of rock and dirt packaged with the beans.
Yeah, Jack my parents bought a restuarant when I was 13. Except for two years when I was in college on work/study and about 3 years of selling guitars, I've worked in kitchens. Till now, now I'm teaching kids the merits of Rock, www.schoolofrock.com.
I'm the branch manager of the Austin school.