Cannellini beans are a type of a kidney bean. The taste is similar to Great Northern beans or Navy beans.
How to cook
Soak the Cannellini beans in a large bowl. Make sure that there is plenty of water covering the beans as the beans will soak the water up and expand.
Soak the beans in the water overnight (approx. 8 hours) at room temperature.
Soaking is an important process for all legumes, grain, nuts and seeds. It helps speed up the cook time and also makes them easier to digest as it removes the enzyme inhibitor.
After soaking, drain the rater and rinse well.
In a large pot, cover the beans with plenty of water and bring it to boil. It will be easy to use a pressure cooker for this process.
You can add a teaspoon of salt to the cooking water if you'd like to add more flavor to the beans.
Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 60 - 120 minutes. Make sure the beans are soft and and drain the boiling water.
You can serve or use for other recipes.
How to Store Cooked Beans
Freezing cooked beans are a great way to stock up plant-based staples that you can use in recipes and save cooking time too!
Pack cooled down cooked beans (remove the water!) in a salable and resealable bag, and freeze it up to 6 months. It will be useful to freeze them in serving size portions ( 1 or 2 cups) so that you can defrost just the amount that you want in a recipe.
Enjoy your plant-based protein!
Health Benefits of Red Kidney Beans
White beans are a nutritional powerhouse, as they’re packed with fiber and protein and a good source of numerous micronutrients, including folate, magnesium, and vitamin B6.
A 1-cup (170-gram) serving of cooked white beans provides :
Protein: 17 grams
Fat: 0.6 grams
Carbs: 44 grams
Fiber: 11 grams
Copper: 55% of the Daily Value (DV)
Folate: 36% of the DV
Iron: 36% of the DV
Potassium: 21% of the DV
Thiamine: 17% of the DV
Phosphorus: 28% of the DV
Magnesium: 26% of the DV
Zinc: 22% of the DV
Calcium: 16% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 12% of the DV
Riboflavin: 6% of the DV
Selenium: 4% of the DV
As you can see, white beans are particularly rich in copper, folate, and iron.
Copper primarily aids energy production and iron metabolism, while folate is utilized in DNA synthesis. Iron has numerous important functions, including producing hemoglobin, which transports oxygen throughout your body.
What’s more, white beans are high in polyphenol antioxidants, which combat oxidative stress in your body.
Ingredients: Organic Cannellini Beans from China