Lessons > How to Cook Dried Legumes

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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
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment
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3. Buying & Storing Dried Beans
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4. Sorting, Rinsing & Soaking Dried Beans
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5. Cooking Dried Beans
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6. Testing Beans for Doneness
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7. Activity | Adding Beans to Your Diet
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8. Practice Activities & Recipes
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9. Lesson Quiz
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Practice Recipes

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

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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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