Spring Challenge Day 20- Kidney Beans

Kidney Beans-by Aveline Kushi

1 Cup kidney beans

Spring or filtered water

1 Strip kombu, 6-8 inches long

11/2 Tsp miso per cup of beans, preferably barley miso

Wash and soak the beans for 6-8 hours. Put the kombu in the bottom of a heavy pot. Set the beans on top of the kombu and add water to just cover the beans. Bring to a boil. reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer until the beans are about 80 percent done, or about 1 hour. Add cold water following the basic shocking method as needed. When the beans are 80 percent done, add the pureed miso. (Barley miso is best with this dish.) Just add the miso on top of the beans and do not mix in. the miso will filter down into the beans as they continue to cook. Continue to cook until the beans are soft and creamy, another 20-30 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

Variation” Pressure cook the beans for 45 minutes. then add the pureed miso and cook, not under pressure, about 20-30 minutes longer.

-I used brown rice miso for a less salty flavour.

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