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Hit the bulk bins!

March 15, 2011 • 73 Comments

Beans and Grains

We need your help on a top-secret project -- from a place where food52 recipes rarely go: the bulk bin aisle.  

Sure, when you think of food52, creme fraiche and butter probably come to mind before adzuki beans and chia seeds (say it with us: ch-ch-ch-chia!), so we want to bulk up our beans, grains and seeds recipes. And (who knew?) they're inexpensive, healthy and tasty, if you know what to do with them -- and we know you do.

The details:

You have until midnight next Tuesday, March 22nd to add as many recipes to the site as you like highlighting any of the ingredients below (be sure to include the name of the bean, grain or seed in your recipe title so we can find it easily) -- this isn't an official contest, but other fun prizes will be involved. To upload a recipe, just go to the Recipes section of the site here and click "Add New Recipe."

Then on Thursday, March 24th, we'll announce Editors' Pick candidates, which you can claim in normal EP dibs-calling fashion (see here for details) and you'll have till Tuesday, March 29th at 5pm to send in your reviews to [email protected]. Then on Thursday, March 31st, we'll announce all the Editors' Picks and prizes.

Got all that? Now go hit the bins!

RICE
Bhutanese red
Mekong flower
brown germinated
long grain brown
short brown
sweet brown
medium brown
sweet brown
medium brown
purple tai
Madagascar pink
volcano
jasmine tai

OTHER GRAINS
hulled barley
roasted buckwheat
oat groats
sprouted quinoa
kamut berries
red quinoa
black quinoa
black barley
amaranth

LEGUMES
anasazi beans
adzuki beans
black eyed peas
dried fava beans
baby lima beans
mung beans
soy beans
yellow split peas
split green peas
sprouted mung beans
sprouted green lentils

SEEDS
chia seeds
hemp seeds
alfalfa seeds
whole flax
golden flax

Comments (73)

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over 2 years ago Grandma Kathy

How about some help for those of us who never, or almost never, use these ingredients? Maybe a list somewhere which describes the taste, texture, etc. of these in the recipe notes. I'd like to try some but with my Danish/German background I've only used dried green peas to make pea soup.

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

I think that is a fabulous idea!

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over 2 years ago susan g

Here's a good source of information:
http://www.foodsubs.com...
This is the page for dried beans, and you can use the search for a single item or a category. It's been helpful for me in trying to straighten out the dried and fresh chilis.
http://www.foodsubs.com...
Rebecca Wood is a pioneer in using and knowing about beans, grains and seeds. She has a "Whole Foods Encyclopedia" and "The Splendid Grain" -- see the home page on the website for info and links to the books, and a search box for more. She taught me (on the site) to cook amaranth -- it was delicious.
When I began learning about the lesser known foods, I took books out of the library and soaked up the information and recipes, along with an understanding of their backgrounds. I've been doing this for over 40 years, but you have the advantage of the internet at your fingertips. If you read and experiment, you'll know how and why and about, too.

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over 2 years ago susan g

Here's a favorite blog, that has separate posts for many, many pantry ingredients. Use this page to find many of the beans, grains and seeds, or use the search for more. Each entry gives interesting, sometimes funny, information about the item, and a recipe follows.
http://www.theperfectpantry...

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over 3 years ago kulsum Kunwa

I'm headed to add a recipe that has 5 lentils - some from list some not. Works?

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over 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Absolutely! Just be sure to include the names of the different kinds of lentils in the ingredients list.

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Can we use the additional tag 'bulk bin' or bulk bin project so that you can access all the recipes realted to this in one shot & then sift thru for the individual ingredients?

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over 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

This is a great suggestion! We'll see what we can do, since there have been a fair number of recipes submitted already.

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

I'm going ahead & giving my recipes an additional tag 'bulk bin'

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

Is there an upper limit to how many recipes you can submit for the bulk bin project... I'm going ballistic here..

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over 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Nope -- go nuts!

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

since everyone here seems to be pushing for their personal favorite lentils... may I add Black gram lentils ( Known as Urad dal in Hindi, they're from the same family as the green mung bean except way more glutinous, with a very meaty aroma when toasted)

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Spelt or teff would be great to consider, or a Thai coral red jasmine rice? Here's to hoping.

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over 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Any bean or grain is fair game for EP nominations, but we're especially looking for the ones listed above.

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over 3 years ago CalcuttaChow

Lots of lentils feature in my daily cooking - black eyed beans, split pigeon peas, all manner of mung dals (green whole, green split, and yellow), whole Bengal gram, split Bengal gram....however, most of my recipes involve pre-soaking (usually night before) and pressure cooking the whole lentils before incorporating them in recipes. This is how I've learned to work with them, in the way that they are commonly cooked in India where I'm from. Is it ok to submit recipes that ask for pressure cooking the lentils? I always wonder if pressure cooking is a dying art, and wonder how people cook the "tougher" lentils.

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Pressure cooking is great!

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over 3 years ago CookingUpAStorm

Did I miss it? I'm not seeing wild rice on the list.

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over 3 years ago magdance

How about chana dal? I've never seen it in the bulk bins but bought some at the Indian grocery for my Upma with Coconut Chutney, already posted. They are split desi beans.

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over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Any chance that wehani rice and volcano rice are one and the same?

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over 3 years ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Not sure (sorry!), but they don't seem to be. Based searching both kinds on Google images, the wehani appears uniformly brown while the volcano has lots of lighter grains blended in.

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over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you, Kristen! I found similar information, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

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over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Is wehani rice at all close to volcano rice?

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Do the grains need to remain intact, or can we stick them in a blender/grinder and chop them up and/or turn them into flour, for example.

Merrill

over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

You can do anything you like with them, but the idea is to start from the whole grain (re: your question below).

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I know you include flax seeds, but what about flax meal? Is that okay?

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

I was trying out a recipe with dried peas (yellow) and the finished product was a success, would it be ok to add this in the recipe list even though they weren't 'split' technically?

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over 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Sure, go ahead! (See our response below to healthierkitchen.)

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

First experiment with roasted buckwheat did not go well - too mushy as it cooked much more quickly than I expected. Will persevere.

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over 3 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

You guys are the best. Thanks so much for your incredible enthusiasm! Can't wait to see the recipes -- this is going to be great.

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over 3 years ago betteirene

So I brought this list with me to the store and I'm filling up bags with a little of this and a little of that, and someone must've thought I looked like a real cook because she asked me the difference between wild rice and brown rice, and I go into this thing about wild rice is really grass, and then I made her sniff some different rices. Then a guy says he never knew that rice had an aroma, and he starts sniffing. Then woman #1 asks another woman if the "chai seeds" are what make chai tea, and woman #2 says, "It must be," so I jump in real quick to tell her it's "chia," as in "chia pet" and I don't think they believed me, so I tell them about food52 ("Win fabulous prizes!") and foodpickle ("We know everything, and we're nice about it!"). Then, I asked a stock clerk if they carried hemp seed. They don't, so I say something about wondering how long it would take my Seattle son to save me a cupful, and everybody chuckled and promised to register here. Then, in the deli, I see woman #2 buying 2 pounds of ricotta, so I tell her about this week's contest. Like I really want more competition, right?!

Anyway, I went to a second store--no hemp seeds there, either. Where did you find it?

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over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

:-), I loved reading this.....its amazing how much we've learnt from food52 and how much we all teach each other - I've grown amazingly, my vocab has expanded and my approach to experimental cooking enhanced. Thank you ALL for making food52 an experience.

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over 3 years ago CookingUpAStorm

Whole Foods usually has hemp seeds in their bulk foods section. Happy cooking!

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over 3 years ago wanderash

Ahhh this make me long for the exotic bulk bins and grains that are very far from the Mexican staples. Can't wait to read all the great recipes.

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over 3 years ago theyearinfood

I am so excited for this. And because you said it was okay, and I cannot figure out how otherwise to add it, I'll include my brown rice risotto here:

http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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over 3 years ago Hummusit

There is already a recipe for mejadara here, so I won't add another. However, sometimes I make mejadara (AKA mujadera) with short brown rice and mung beans (instead of white rice and lentils). I season with ginger, cinnamon, and cumin (+S+P).