January 2nd, 2009

Too many beans and their relationship to crock pots.

My clever, beautiful, but absent-minded sweetheart accidentally soaked six times the beans the we needed for soup today. Does anyone know if beans can be successfully frozen between the soaking and cooking phase?

I was also blessed with a crockpot for Christmas and I've been curious about using it to cook beans. Is there a way to cook all these beans in a crockpot overnight tonight? Does anyone have any tips or advice on cooking beans in a crockpot?

Thanks :)

Vegan Coq au Vin help

Hey all. So I thought it might be fun to try to veganise this alton brown coq au vin recipe (found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/coq-au-vin-recipe/index.html ) and i need a replacement for the chicken and the salt pork. For chicken, it needs to be something that will stand up to being marinaded overnight and baked for two hours. Previously I would have used quorn naked culets, but alas, not vegan. What would you suggest? Is there a similar product that is vegan? I thought seitan may work but it also might get gummy.

For the salt pork, i think some combination of liquid smoke + salt + mabye bacos would work.

What do you all think?