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Old 01-06-2007, 04:03 PM   #1
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Pinto beans

Ok.. I have pinto beans and a ham hock, but no idea what I'm supposed to do. Can someone point me in the right direction? Also, I'd like to use my crockpot for it if possible. TIA!
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I'm assuming you're trying for red beans and rice? Hold on for a few and I'll dig up the recipe I typed out for a friend.
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Okay. Here you go... A few warnings... The measurements are off the top of my head guesses... I don't measure for the most part. LOL Some steps can be altered. If you don't soak the beans, you just have to cook longer.

* Rinse one bag of dried beans and soak overnight. Drain the
* beans in the morning and place in a slow cooker or crock pot.
* Add in one chopped onion (or more to your taste) and a couple
* of cloves of chopped or pressed garlic (again, to your taste).
* Add in two bay leaves. Add in one ham hock, ham bone, or
* chopped ham. Add in water to about 1/2" above the beans and onions
* (This is a guesstimate...you may have to add more later but I
* think this is about right). Add 4 chicken bouillion cubes
* (you could substitute the water and bouillion with some sort of
* stock). Cook for about six hours usually (depending on the
* temp your crockpot is at). I like it cooked until the beans are
* falling apart and the sauce is thickened som. You can call it
* cooked once the beans are soft, though.Once the beans are
* cooked, slice up kielbasa and add. Let cook for another 20
* minutes or so. Serve over rice.
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* Other things you may want to add... Habanero pepper or another
* spicy pepper for spice, carrots for cheap bulk, bell peppers
* for flavor, substitute the kielbasa for another type of sausage
* or chicken.
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Yum...that sounds good. Thanks!
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Re: Pinto beans

I just soak my beans overnight in water. In the morning, I take the beans and drain them put em in the crock pot with the ham hock and cover with about 1.5 inches of water above the beans. I slow cook that all day for 10 hrs. About 9 hrs into it, I remove the meat from the bone (normally it's just falling off at this point.) Then serve about an hr later.
We like it served with corn bread and some ketchup. YUMMY!!!!
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I wanted to add, depending on the cooker, I'd plan for more then 6 hours cooking. You can always turn it to low. I like mine well cooked. With one bag of beans, I still start cooking first thing in the morning and hope they're done to my taste by supper.
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