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With leftover beans, I refry them in olive oil (I used to use butter but have recently changed to olive oil with no loss of flavor) and chopped onions, mashing as they fry. I then add a handful of cheese (cheddar or jack) and stir until the cheese is melted. It's one of our favorite meals.
Put a spoonful of mashed pinto beans down the middle of a flour tortilla, add grated cheese, and chopped onion, fold over top, bottom and then sides and fry in oil of choice. I used to fry in Crisco but now use olive oil. We eat them while hot but like them just as well cold. I make these with pinto beans that I have cooked but my sister (who I learned to make them from) uses canned refried beans.
I freeze them in 2 cup portions for later handy instant meals. They never get mushy cooked this way and I don't have to babysit them while they cook. Did I mention I love pinto beans? I also love lentils and they take almost no time too cook in a soup. Beans are the ultimate frugal food.
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I love both the "no soak pinto beans" and the slow cooker beans tips. I frequently don't work with dried beans cause I never remember to allow enough time. These will help tremendously! Thanks :D
To Susan in Omaha,
What setting is your slow cooker on? Low, High?
My husband grew two 30-foot rows three years ago. He planted a cup of black beans from a bag we bought at the grocery store. At that time it cost about .79, but now it's over $2.00 for a pound. We got enough dry beans that we are still using the last half gallon or so. We enjoy shelling beans at night while we sit and visit together. It's kind of hard on the thumbs, so we don't try to do them all at once. It's a pretty high-value crop for those with a small area of garden. We got 3 1/2 gallons from the two rows. By today's prices that would be worth over $30.00. You could plant black beans one year, then something else another year, like tomatoes (which you can put up) or chard (which you could freeze). Bell peppers keep a long time in the freezer and it takes very little time to put up several bags. Raising a single item each year would give you a chance to stock up for the future. Raising our own food is such a trip!