I love making beans from scratch. That means using dried beans.
I’m sure, like you, I’ve always read the label ‘wash and sort out pebbles or debris’ and never really found any ‘pebbles’ nor ‘debris’. So, after many years of making beans, I confess to getting a little lazy with my process.
I like to cull out the broken beans in advance, so I sort them dry, then give a quick rinse to flush any lingering dirt or dust. I admit, many times it is a ‘cursory’ sort, where I run them through my fingers, picking out the broken beans, never really expecting anything else.
This time, however, proves that advice on the package to be Golden!
In the photo above is one nasty little pebble, that could be easily mistaken for a bean, and I was fortunate to have been taking extra care, and spotted it.
As this batch 0’beans was for a party I was throwing, I shudder envisioning one of my guests tucking into a yummy bowl of black beans, only to wind up at the dentist for an emergency cracked tooth! Now that would be embarrassing and a real party spoiler.
So, take my advice: Save a tooth and sort your beans…..CAREFULLY.