What do I do with dried cranberry beans?

I received a beautiful bag of them but not sure to use them :$

  • Posted by: Kaitlyn
  • April 9, 2012
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sstiavetti
sstiavetti April 9, 2012

I sprinkle them into salads with spinach, cut apples, goat cheese, walnuts and a nice, sweet vinaigrette. Also, you can use them in place of raisins in cookies, etc, for a more tart flavor.

I love them in oatmeal, too.

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susan g
susan g April 9, 2012

This question is for dried cranberry beans -- a bean; not dried cranberries -- a fruit. That a a different question, which you given a good answer to!

HalfPint
HalfPint April 9, 2012

Maybe make a hummus with the beans, http://www.theparsleythief.com/2011/03/cranberry-bean-hummus.html

If you like BBQ Beans, I've had and made these beans from Blue Smoke in NYC, http://nymag.com/listings/recipe/pit-beans/

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sstiavetti
sstiavetti April 9, 2012

Also, other baked goods, such a hot cross buns: http://www.theculinarylife.com/2012/apricot-cherry-cranberry-and-cardamom-hot-cross-buns-recipe/

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miss jane
miss jane April 9, 2012

Just made a Pasta e Fagioli with them. Beautiful color in the soup.

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susan g April 9, 2012

Cranberry beans would be cooked like similar dried beans -- pinto, kidney, etc. Soak, drain, add more water and simmer til done. I love using a pressure cooker. I made 2 cups at a time, end up with about 6 cups or more cooked beans. I portion them into 1 cup and 1 1/2 cups in containers, the typical amount in a can of cooked beans. Then you can cook them just like the similar beans, or marinate for salads. Refrigerate what you'll use in a few days, and freeze the rest -- very handy when you need them. Store the dried beans in closed jars or containers to protect them from infestation.

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