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Lesson Overview

Dried beans, peas and lentils, otherwise known as legumes or pulses, are the seeds of mature, fresh beans that have been dried. One of the oldest cultivated crops, dried beans are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. Legumes are a vital and healthy staple in ma…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • understand how to buy and store dried legumes
  • prepare beans for cooking by sorting and rinsing
  • identify three methods for soaking beans
  • properly cook and test beans for doneness
  • identify a variety of dried legumes

Course Syllabus

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1. Introduction: How to Cook Dried Legumes 3 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Buying & Storing Dried Beans 2 mins
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4. Sorting, Rinsing & Soaking Dried Beans 4 mins
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5. Cooking Dried Beans 3 mins
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6. Testing Beans for Doneness 5 mins
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7. Activity | Adding Beans to Your Diet 45 mins
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8. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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9. Lesson Quiz 10 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 59 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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Default profile "Its good to know different kind of legumes and how to prepare them in lots of ways, not only in soup but also in salad and a choice of different way of incorporating it to our diet. Thanks!!" ★★★★★
Default profile "Legumes are new territory for me. This lesson took me through without fanfare, just solid material that is needed to approach cooking legumes and gain confidence. I now feel confident to select, prepare and cook legumes for many future meals." ★★★★★
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Default profile "Really enjoyed this lesson. Because we eat so many legumes daily this lesson really helped to be more efficent when making and buying legumes." ★★★★
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Default profile "I feel so confident now. Cooking dried beans was a lot of guess work or relying on package instructions. Now I have the knowledge to cook any bean and make a variety of dishes with fresh cooked beans instead of relying on cans. THANK YOU ROUXBE!!!" ★★★★★
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17 Videos | 9 Tasks
Task 1: Introduction: How to Cook Dried Legumes
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Buying & Storing Dried Beans
Task 4: Sorting, Rinsing & Soaking Dried Beans
Task 5: Cooking Dried Beans
Task 6: Testing Beans for Doneness
Task 7: Activity | Adding Beans to Your Diet
Task 8: Practice Activities & Recipes

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