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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Dan Marek - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Dan Marek in his virtual office as he welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to Ask Anything – from cooking techniques to cours… Read More.



Are higher-priced heirloom beans worth the cost?

— Mitch Miglis


So, um, you know, i, I love some of the heirloom beans. Um, and there are a lot of different, uh, beans that have different flavor profiles in them, like thousands of them. So you'll find that there are a lot of different beans that you can find at a typical grocery store that are kind of middle of the road and that's what they're trying to do, right? They're trying to get like, here's a pinto bean. The way that every pinto bean you've ever tasted is going to taste like. But then if you look to an heirloom pinto bean or beans, 'cause they're many different varieties of pinto beans, um, and you're looking from specific farmers that are looking to grow that one, it's a pretty special experience to be able to have just a little bit more bitterness to it or a little bit more umami to the be as well. And you'll see that different varieties of beans and different types, um, and strains of beans will have different qualities in them. Now, is it worth it? It depends on your flavor profile and what you're looking for. Like, if you are doing something that might be, um, buried into a recipe, like maybe you're doing, I dunno, maybe you're doing refried beans and a taco that has 15 other ingredients on it, you might not want to go with the heirloom pinto bean, right? But, um, if you're doing something that spotlights the bean and you really, the bean is the biggest flavor, like maybe a bean burrito, you might want to go with something like that because it's gonna have a different flavor profile or texture to it, um, than a regular, you know, store-bought bean would. Not to say that there's anything wrong with a regular store-bought bean at all, but um, you know, having the extra kind of going the extra mile costs a little bit extra money, um, for that as well.
Dan Marek

Dan Marek

Director of Plant-Based Culinary & Dev