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Feb 18, 2009 02:44 PM

Dried black bean question

So I rarely make beans from scratch (dried beans). Cuz' I mostly suck at this but then I can't figure out what to do with the QUANTITY!!

So I pulled a bag of dried black beans out the the pantry and sort thru them and the debris is INCREDIBLE! I bought them at a Hispanic market that I frequent and I like this market. Melt in your mouth tortillas, excellent meat that will make you weep for what they charge and produce that you have to watch out for but I know what I'm doing and everything I've gotten out of there has been very, very good. Oh! and the cheeses! Beyond fresh and worthy. You can put them on . . .dry saltines and they are wonderful. I seriously doubt it's the market.

So - Is the debris in a dried bag of beans usual?? Like rocks the size of your thumb (yes, I know I have small hands, but REALLY??).

i sorted 1/3 bag in a pie pan, pulled out the debris, rinsed them well and have them soaking. We'll have black bean something soon.

But - do ALL dried beans have this debris??

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  1. In short...yup. In most recipes using beans, the first instruction is usually to clean and sort.

    Enjoy the beans!

    1. Agree with bigfellow.

      Big rocks are quite uncommon but you probably got a scoop from, literally, the bottom of the barrel.

      1. Bigfellow speaks the truth...the bags of dried beans do include rocks, pebbles, extraneous matter...but, they are a great value and so healthy ... hopefully, you'll get around to making Goodhealthgourmet's healthy black bean dip's wonderful!

        1. Yes, most beans have trash in them. Beans are processed by machine, no hands on sorting, so small rocks, clods of dirt and sticks and grasses can get in the bag. But not in the amounts you're describing. And most of the larger processors do a better job of keeping the trash out, but very small amounts can still get in there.

          If this place packages their own and there is that amount of trash and debris, then I 'd say you have your answer.

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          1. re: CadienBelle

            I find a lot more debris in beans I get from ethnic markets. They are way cheaper, of course.

          2. Yes, but I wouldn't say it's a lot. I have found small pebbles. I cooked some lentils on Monday and there was debris in them as well. You always need to pick through and then rinse well.