Saturday, July 03, 2010

This July...

Just as a heads up, I am planning on going "unplugged" from the internet for the entire month of July starting Monday the 5th. Want to spend some undistracted time focusing on my marriage and children. The internet, for me, is a big distraction/time-spender so I'm gonna go through a brief sabbatical from it all. I'll be back at the start of August. See you all then!!!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Homemade canned beans

As I've been researching, I've discovered that canned beans have been stripped of a lot of their nutrients and texture (and are loaded with sodium, to boot) and are no where near as healthy for you as rehydrated dry beans. So RD and I have been busy making our own "homemade canned beans" and keeping them in the freezer. So far we've made two large batches, which in the end has produced a yield of 8 "cans" of beans.

It's SO easy! Here's how we did it:

1- in a large crockpot, add 1 lb of dried beans, 2 Tbls of acidic medium (whey, apple cider, lemon juice), and 8 cups water. Cover and let set at room temperature at least 8 hours or more.

2- drain and rinse. Return to crockpot. Add just enough water to cover the beans 2-3 inches. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours. (There WILL be some water remaining. Don't worry that it hasn't all been absorbed.)

3- drain and rinse again.

4- in sandwich baggies, portion out 1-1/2 cups of beans. (Each bag is equivalent to 1 can of beans.) Seal and store bean baggies in a freezer bag. Put in the freezer and use as needed.

A 1 lb bag of beans will yield 4 "cans" of beans in the end.

In the freezer, beans are good for about 6 months.
If you keep the bags in the refrigerator, it'll be good for about a week.

They taste SO much better than canned beans!
They're very tender- but NOT mush!

Did I mention, too, that dried beans are CHEAP?! :-)

Walking Away the Pounds

I am now just shy of being 3 months post-partum and I'm walking away the pounds and getting fit. Joined a weight loss/health/accountability class at the church. I've cut out grain carbs (bread, pasta, noodles, corn, etc.) and I'm feeling great! (I'll post more on the why's and how's of deciding to go grain-free in a later post.) Taking my herbs. Trying hard to rebuild my ab muscles. I want to be as healthy as possible, both for the King I serve and for another future pregnancy (if the Lord wills).