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Beans did not cook
Jeanne
11/06/10
I followed a recipe on a website for "Campbell's Bean with Bacon Soup". Since I am on a budget, I doubled the recipe and followed it correctly. Unfortunately it called for all ingredients to be added at once after the beans were soaked - even the tomato paste. I knew better, but before I knew it I had added the paste and of course, the beans did not cook. I felt terrible with all the beans and bacon that seeems to be ruined, so I whirred it all up in the blender, cooled and put it in the fridge. Is there any salvaging the soup? It does not taste good, and I was wondering if I could continue cooking now that the beans are pulverized or try a pressure cooker? A consolation is that my dog enjoyed licking out the pot! Please advise, this is a lot of food to not enjoy. Thanks.
ellen
11/06/10
You may also have had old beans, which never do soften.

First freeze in meal size portions- No way you will eat it all before it ferments.

Does it actually taste bad, or just not good? Bad is not fixable. really. Just not good is fixable. Think serious spicing; curry, BBQ chili, sweet and sour flavors.

You make a spice or flavor base all sauteed up with onions and garlic, add chopped tomatoes or creamed corn, or maybe orange or tomato juice, and the ill-fated bean base.

Jeanne
11/06/10
No, it is not bad, just not good. Simply, I believe that the beans did not cook due to the addition of tomato products at the beginning of the cooking stage. I think I will just put the whole thing back in kettle and cook again. Maybe since I pulverized the beans, they will cook now.
 
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