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#1 Old 07-27-2017, 12:46 PM
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Black bean burgers?

I'm going to try my hand at making black bean burgers sometime this week, and the recipe says that I have to "pick over" the beans. What does that mean? Are they talking about sorting the beans?

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Also, does anyone know of any good food documentaries on Netflix? I've seen the Forks Over Knives ones and Vegucated.

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Cowpiracy (envirnment) and Speciesism: the Movie (ethics) I would reccomend.

If you are looking for more health related there is What The Health.
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Maybe it means spread the beans out on a tray and look at them to make sure there are no stones among them? I've never heard this terminology before, but my grandmother used to remove small stones from all kinds of things like rice and lentils. These days, the technology has advanced so much that one rarely finds a stone in anything. It might still be worth checking, though.
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I'm going to try my hand at making black bean burgers sometime this week, and the recipe says that I have to "pick over" the beans. What does that mean? Are they talking about sorting the beans?

Here is my favorite video, showing how easy it is to cook beans. Other websites make bean-cooking sound like rocket science. This guy is fun to watch, though he really needs to take better care of himself.

You can skip past the intro - the real instructions begin at minute 1:36:




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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
- United Nations' World Health Organization
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My grandmother used to say 'pick over the beans'. I admit I've slacked off from not finding anything, but I have had pieces of what looks like a bean, but maybe darker, and I think floats,and turns out to be a piece of hard dirt. I'd say I've found more in lentils than any other bean.

Since getting an electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I'll never cook beans any other way-and may never open another can.

I really can't think of food documentaries besides FOK.

TV's Lidia's Italy on PBS has had many great Italian vegetable and bean dishes with good tips for preparation.

I used to make bean burgers pretty often- it's been too long now! One tip I don't see much is to let the mixture sit covered in fridge a while to chill. They're much easier to form and keep shape

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The mechanical sorting used to remove stones and other bits, is much better than it used to be. I remember picking through lentils and finding stones and strange little seeds. I haven't needed to do this for years now.

Silva makes a good recommendation to chill before shaping. I'd also suggest ensuring that your mixture is a nice consistency. Like kids play dough. If it's too mooshy it won't be nice when cooked, so add extra oats or similar until it holds its shape well.
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I think pick over the beans means to pick out the little gravel bits and non beans pre washing and then when you wash them, pick out the ones that float to the top.

I agree with @Spudulika that this is less of a thing now but sometimes you might find strange things in your beans.
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Maybe it means spread the beans out on a tray and look at them to make sure there are no stones among them? I've never heard this terminology before, but my grandmother used to remove small stones from all kinds of things like rice and lentils. These days, the technology has advanced so much that one rarely finds a stone in anything. It might still be worth checking, though.
That's what I was thinking too but I wasn't sure.

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Cowpiracy (envirnment) and Speciesism: the Movie (ethics) I would reccomend.

If you are looking for more health related there is What The Health.
It's kind of funny because not even an hour after I posted this I found at least 4 food documentaries on Netflix that weren't there the other day. 😂 I watched one called Food Choices that was really good. It kind of got into the ethical and environmental reasons behind Bahamian as well as the health benefits of a plant based diet.

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