|EDEN Organic Dry Dark Red Kidney Beans are USA grown in nutrient rich vital soil on Michigan and New York organic family farms by farmers we know and trust. A mild sweet tasting, dark red, kidney shaped bean with firm texture and vibrant color.
EDEN Organic Dry Kidney Beans are packaged in boxes made from recycled and recyclable paperboard, one of the most environmentally friendly packages available. According to the 100 percent Recycled Paperboard Alliance (RPA100.com), "Fourteen trees are saved for each ton of paperboard converted to 100 percent recycled paperboard. Trees are critical to the sequestration of CO2 (a greenhouse gas) in North America. For each ton of paperboard converted to 100 percent recycled paperboard, an equal amount of recovered fiber has been diverted from municipal landfills. Production of 100 percent recycled paperboard uses 50 percent less energy compared to virgin grades of paperboard, thus significantly reducing the greenhouse gases released into the environment."
Red kidney beans and more than 500 others related to it including pinto, navy, and black, are classified scientifically as Phaseolus vulgaris. These beans are referred to as the 'common beans' due to the fact that they all derived from a common bean ancestor that originated in Peru. The common beans, squash, and corn or maize were referred to as the 'Three Sisters' and have been the foundation of Native Central and South Americans' diet for centuries.
EDEN Organic Kidney Beans are a satisfying source of high quality vegetable protein. According to the FDA, "Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke." Furthermore, "Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors." EDEN Organic Kidney Beans are low in fat, an excellent source of fiber, and a good source of potassium with 390mg per serving. They are very low sodium and a good source of folate B9, iron, and magnesium.
Studies show beans contain a wealth of antioxidants similar to those in fruits and berries. "Beans are really loaded with antioxidant compounds," said Clifford Beninger, Ph.D., an environmental biologist and former researcher for the USDA's Bean Research Unit. "We didn't know how potent they were until now. In general darker colored seed coats were associated with higher levels of flavonoids, and therefore higher antioxidant activity." Researchers tested the antioxidant activity of flavonoids found in 12 common varieties of dry beans. They found one class of compounds in particular, anthocyanins, were the most active antioxidants in beans. These findings add antioxidant activity to a growing list of healthy compounds found in beans and legumes. The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Beans are an important source of two essential amino acids not found in many cereal grains, lysine and threonine. Whole grains complement beans and together deliver complete protein. Enjoying a variety of beans with whole grain is a solid step toward a healthy life.
EDEN Organic Kidney Beans can be boiled, baked, or pressure cooked, used in soups, in stews like chili, salads, dips and spreads, in bean patties, and refried beans for tacos and burritos. Essential for Mexican, Central, and South American cuisine. Season with a little EDEN Organic Miso instead of sea salt for variety.
Note: 1/2 cup raw beans equals approximately 1 1/2 cups cooked.
Sorting Before soaking and cooking hand sort the beans and remove any foreign matter.
Soaking Wash and rinse, place in a bowl, cover with 3 inches of cold water, and soak for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Drain, water your plants with the soaking water, and rinse again.
Place in a pot with 3 inches of water, bring to a boil, turn off flame, and let sit for 1 1/2 hours. Discard soaking water.
Boiling Place 3 cups of water per 1 cup of soaked beans in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, boil uncovered for about 10 minutes, skim off and discard any foam that rises. Your favorite vegetables and spices can be added at this point if desired. In addition we recommend adding a one inch strip of EDEN Kombu sea vegetable for each cup of dried beans to help soften and accentuate flavor. Do not add sea salt until 80 percent done. Salt added at the beginning of cooking prevents beans from fully softening. Reduce the flame, cover, and simmer over medium-low heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, adding more water just to cover if needed. When 80 per cent done, season with about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon EDEN Sea Salt. Cover and simmer for several more minutes or until tender.
Pressure Cooking Wash and soak beans as directed. Place beans in cooker, add 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water per 1 cup of soaked beans. If making soup, add 3 or 4 cups of water per cup of beans. Add all seasonings and vegetables except sea salt at the start of cooking. Cover the cooker and bring up to pressure. Reduce the flame to medium-low. Cooking times vary depending on the type of pressure cooker. Please follow your pressure cooker's suggested time. When done remove from heat and allow the pressure to come down. When all pressure has been released, remove the lid. Add sea salt and simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes.