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Old 01-23-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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I have had this bag of 15 beans in my pantry forever. It's about time I figure out what to do with them. The expiration on them is 10/14. That gives you an idea of how long I've had them.

Bean soup must not be very popular because there aren't many ratings on the recipe websites. The recipe on the package looks bland and boring. I decided to bring this quandary to CD.

What to do with a bag of drie 15 beans?
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:40 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Slice up a good ring sausage and add that and onion, garlic, tomatoes etc. That's likely what your pkg says more or less. But, that's what we do.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Bean soup isn't sexy, but it's a pretty decent lunch or supper in the winter. I add an onion, garlic, some celery, maybe a carrot and tomatoes. Simmer the beans with a ham hock for flavor or replace some of the water with chicken stock. Add an herb or two, or maybe a hot pepper or some hot sauce. I've always used either ham or sausage in 15 bean soup. When it's nearly done, throw in some fresh parsley or spinach.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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That's not an expiration date on the package. It's just a stock control date. Dried beans keep indefinitely

On the other hand, they aren't getting any fresher... so you might as well cook them up and eat them. Cover well with water in a bowl overnight, then rinse, add water and cook a few hours until tender. Optionally, add onion, celery, a smoked ham hock, whatever appeals to you in a cooked pot of bean soup. Yum!
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I tried that 15 bean mix and tried to make a soup with it. I often make bean soups and I love to cook all types of beans. However, experience has taught me that not all beans take the same amount of time to reach the proper tenderness.

So... when I tried to make a soup with the 15 bean mix I had some beans (like lentils) that dissolved, some beans that were perfectly tender, and other beans that weren't fully cooked. Once I cooked the soup to where there weren't any undercooked beans many of them had dissolved into the soup. It tasted good and the dissolved beans added thickness, but it just wasn't what I was hoping to create.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Pork goes so well with beans... Browned italian sausage, ham hock, 4-5 strips of bacon browned and chopped.. Any of these things will make that soup delicious! Use chicken or a smoked turkey leg if you must...

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Old 01-24-2014, 08:46 AM
 
Location: SC
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Fry some onions, a little bacon for flavor. Boil the beans in a stew pot and slow cook them with cubed ham and seasoning, into a bean soup with some added chicken or pork broth. Add the fried ingredients from the pan about 1 hour before the beans and ham is done.

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Old 01-24-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Look up a recipe for Pasta Fagioli. Yum.

I don't use a recipe. Take a couple of smoked ham hocks, some chopped celery and garlic, a can of diced tomatoes. Simmer all that with the beans in some chicken broth (water will work but broth is more flavorful, obviously). Adjust your seasonings to your own taste, cook some small pasta (i like Ditalini for this), put them together and oh my goodness. Awesome cold weather hearty soup.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:05 AM
 
Location: On The Road Full Time RVing
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I have cooked different beans including the 15 bean soup,
but I do not use the season pack that comes in the bag ... makes it taste bitter.

I add bacon, or ham, or jowl bacon, or pork hocks, or pork steaks, cut up into peaces.
You can add them all together, also
Anything with fat on it, including fat back with hide on it.

Salt and pepper.

Whenever the beans are half cooked, I take out some of the beans
and mash them to a mushy pulp, and put it back in to the beans.

Makes them thicker and not like water.

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Old 01-24-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Default Buffalo 15 bean

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Originally Posted by Hopes View Post
I have had this bag of 15 beans in my pantry forever. It's about time I figure out what to do with them. The expiration on them is 10/14. That gives you an idea of how long I've had them.

Bean soup must not be very popular because there aren't many ratings on the recipe websites. The recipe on the package looks bland and boring. I decided to bring this quandary to CD.

What to do with a bag of drie 15 beans?
soak old beans and discard those that don't swell;
add mustard powder (for lower gas), a good grade of pepper and Try Me Tiger Sauce (lots of rosemarry in this for some reason) and
buffalo cubes
Hence: my Buffalo 15 bean
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