Help, what to do with the beans.

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  1. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    I found these beautiful french dry beans that are like northern beans.  They were quite expensive and it was a small little pouch.  I've soaked them since yesterday and will be using them for a pasta e fagioli today but they have tripled in size and I can't use all of them, I can only use about half. 

    What should I do with the rest of the already soaked beans?  How can I keep them?
     
  2. gypsy2727

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    Oh Koukouvagia,

                              Northern White Bean Soup is my favorite! I  Saute Prosciutto and White Onion, Garlic ,Celery. Blend with Chicken or Veggie Stock .Wow, what a beautiful soup it is. Garnish with Prosciutto ,Fresh Saved Parm and a few Chives. S & P to your taste.

    Pretty easy and you can freeze for a rainy day
     
  3. koukouvagia

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    I don't want to cook them now, I'm already using more than I need for the pasta e fagiole.  I meant to ask that now that they have been soaked over night can I freeze them or keep them in the fridge until I can think of what to do with them? 
     
  4. gypsy2727

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    Well that is a very good question.

    I would freeze them in small batches and I hope they are al dente or you will have a bit of mush on your hands when thawing.

    Beans are a hearty addition to any dish but also delicate and need alot of TLC.

    Refrigerate......depends on how long. Do you really want to eat beans twice in a week?
     
  5. texancook

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    I would cook them how gypsy said and freeze the whole batch.
     
  6. chrislehrer

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    +1 for TexanCook. Cook it all up, and freeze it. It'll be fine. In fact, it'll be better: some of the beans will break down into mush as you reheat the stew, thickening it and making it really homestyle. Lots of people dig out a cup of beans and puree them -- you'll have it the all-natural way.

    Or, of course, you could make any other bean stew and freeze that. I would NOT try to store already-soaked beans, as they begin to ferment quite quickly. (Which is why you, um, you know, the more you eat, the more you toot, that stuff.)