What Does One Do With Mung Beans?

Soak them of course! Just like every other dried bean/lentil, right? Or so I thought. For some reason. I’ve never actually tried soaking any kind of bean before, but figured if I soaked them over night, they’d be ready to go in the morning. I even tried an experiment- I soaked some in water, some in water and vinegar and some in pickle juice:

And when I tried them in the morning, I found water flavoured rocks, vinegar flavoured rocks, and pickle flavoured rocks. In addition to almost breaking my teeth, this was also the only time I can ever recall something pickle flavoured letting me down. So, defeated, I decided to actually read the instructions on the bag they came in. You are supposed to cook them. Fine. So I dumped all of the beans, and all of the different liquids into a pot, and simmered them till my teeth were content. Turns out, the mix of liquids was kind of nice.

So, after risking my life in the name of alternative protein sources, I offer this PSA: If you don’t want to slowly choke to death on a mouthful of bitter pebbles, cook your mung beans. And if you’re feeling daring, throw a little vinegar in too.

Freezing Fruit

Thanks to a summer full of picking, washing and chopping, we now have a freezer stocked full of fruit. While nothing beats a fresh peach or handful of raspberries picked off the branch, it’s still nice to be able to eat these things (even if it’s to a slightly less enjoyable degree) all year round. […]

What To Do With A Turkey Carcass

Thanksgiving’s over, (at least if you celebrate it on the proper date..) and you’re left with a big old dead bird carcass. What to do? Vegetarians, please avert your eyes… Don’t throw that carcass away!  (Your garbage would probably just be attacked by other animals anyway). Just pick off all the meat, break up the bones […]

Preserving Your Food

Considering the substantial amount of food waste in the Western world, there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself with an abundance of food about to go bad at one point or another. So instead of adding to the landfill or gorging until you have to undo your belt buckle more then one notch, try a […]

Homemade Vanilla Custard

Sometimes recipes are off limits. As in, don’t even attempt to make any changes because tough luck improving upon perfection. Around these parts, one of those things is custard. Bird’s custard. A lifelong family dessert staple, that up until recently, I didn’t even really realize could be made from scratch (and why would you?! they’d […]