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fresh cannellini beans - help please?

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oak foodie Sep 8, 2011 11:12 AM

I've tried searching through the recipes both here and through google and can't find any recipes for fresh cannellini beans. I got a pound through Planet Organics this week and not sure how to treat them. All the cannellini bean recipes that I can find are for canned or dried.

Do any of you have any experience preparing these? Any suggestions?

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    mrs bacon RE: oak foodie Sep 8, 2011 11:20 AM

    Treat them the same as dried, but no soaking necessary, and they will be fully cooked in about 40 minutes. I've gotten several pounds of them since they've become available. I shell and freeze them for later use.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: oak foodie Sep 8, 2011 11:22 AM

      Cook them slowly in just enough liquid to cover, or put them in minestrone.

      http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-08-06...

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        oak foodie RE: oak foodie Sep 8, 2011 11:32 AM

        Thanks SO much! Both of those replies are very helpful, though 40 minutes seems a bit lengthy for the cooking time.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: oak foodie Sep 8, 2011 11:36 AM

          They're done when they're done, just taste one to check. I usually cook them longer than that, but at very low heat.

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            ernie in berkeley RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 8, 2011 12:29 PM

            Once you've cooked them, you can toss them with all sorts of things. A favorite is albacore confit (simmer fresh albacore in olive oil on very low heat until it just turns white) and cherry tomatoes, seasoned with a little oregano and lemon. Shredded chicken or ham, other grilled fish chunks, fresh corn, basil, pine nuts (watch the source), just about any combination you like.

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