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As a snack to fill me up or just a lazy, quick meal sometimes I'll just eat a can of plain beans. Lately I started cooking my own beans, but they don't taste the same plain. I drained them and the cans usually have juice, is this why? But also they don't have any flavor to them. So far I've tried pinto plain, but I also want to try making black beans and lentils, so any help on seasoning those would be appreciated, too. Do I have to salt them or something when they're cooking to make them taste like a plain can of beans? Also, is the liquid at the end supposed to be drained or is the foam just supposed to be skimmed off?
 

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Yeah, you will definitely have to salt them. Most of the saltiness and flavor is in the juice.If you want them plain, that's about all you'll have to add. If I soak the beans before cooking, I always drain and cover them with fresh water and then add salt , but I don't bother with skimming off the foam ( although some say it should be done; guess it's a personal preference). I keep them in the liquid after cooking , because I love to sop it up with crumbled corn bread or tortilla chips ! Hope this helps. Let me know if you're looking for more "fancy" seasoning. I can give you some quick ideas.
 

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I put them in a strainer and rinse and rinse until all the foam is gone, but then I am fussy..

With beans you can make all sorts of things, ie chilli, mexican chili which can be eaten in a burrito with other fillings, you can also make "baked beans" to have on toast.
 

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I found that dried beans taste better than canned ones. I think because canned beans are soaked in liquids, there's a lingering tang to them. Recently, I've cooked beans (lentils, chickpeas, barley, onions) with curry sauce. It's quite good. You just have to add a bit of salt to it. Oh, and I also soaked the lentils, chickpeas, and barley beforehand for half a day.
 

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I love dried beans. I often add fresh garlic, chopped onions, salt, pepper, and possibly other seasonings depending on what I am making them for. I think the crock pot is invaluable for cooking beans. I soak mine overnight, drain, rinse, add 5 cups water, seasonings, and cook them on low for 5 hours.
 

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I usually drain half of the liquid from the can and fry them with random ingredients-chopped onions and peppers, paprika, black pepper, and a bit of garlic. (If they're drying up too much adding in a teaspoon of olive oil does the trick for me.)

I also prefer red beans over any other bean. I can't stand the way pinto beans taste.
 
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