26 September 2012

The EZ Bean Cooker makes preparing beans…easy

Over the years a myriad of things have brought excitement to my life, but as I have grown older those things have changed – dramatically. In my younger years, it was my prized Atari 2600 and then it morphed into larger items like my mountain bike and finally my first car. While attending college going out with my friends on a Friday (Saturday, Sunday, Monday…) night was my source of excitement and fun.

So what gets me going these days you may ask?

Well presently my thrill ride is discovering a contraption that prepares raw legumes in a quick and easy fashion. Yes things have definitely changed.

The machine that is at the epicenter of my excitement is none other than the EZ Bean Cooker. And thanks to the good folks at the EZ Bean Cooker LLC I now have one of these babies in my kitchen.

Prior to receiving my EZ Bean Cooker, I would soak my beans overnight. If I was in a pinch, I would toss them in a pot and give them the good ole’ quick soak – which really isn’t that quick. Of course following hours of soaking is the time consuming process of cooking. It’s enough to make you run to the market and buy your beans in a can.

Put your keys away and instead break out the EZ Bean Cooker.

This handy device removes the middle man – soaking – and gets right to the cooking.
You measure your beans, add water, add a little oil (to eliminate the bean foam), secure the lid and hit the bean preset button and you are done.

That’s right, the EZ Bean Cooker has preset buttons for lentils, blackeye peas, black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, great northern beans, kidney beans and my favorite, garbanzo beans.

The EZ Bean Cooker is also supplied with a few recipes – some are vegan or easily veganized – that you make right inside the machine. I have made the lentil soup, black bean soup, black beans and rice, black bean dip and my version of vegan version of Hoppin’ John. All delicious.

As you may have noticed within the above recipe samples, you can prepare rice in the EZ Bean Cooker as well – it’s essentially a pressure cooker.

The one issue I had with this contraption-of-convenience was my two attempts at making rice.

Both times the rice came out a bit gummy but the solution should be simple. Adjust the water and the cooking time, which you can do with the manual time button. I believe my next rice dish should turn out perfectly.

Overall I heartily recommend the EZ Bean Cooker. It is well built, looks nice for those who want an aesthetically pleasing kitchen, and is truly easy to use.

Who knows, it might also add a little excitement to your life.

Eric Fortney | Facebook |@elfortney | email
Greenville, SC Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of This Dish Is Veg. In addition to editing all the articles that appear on the site, he maintains TDIV's active social media accounts. Along with his work at TDIV, Eric is a copy editor for an online media company and father of three daughters.

Photo credit: EZ Bean Cooker LLC Disclaimer: EZ Bean Cooker LLC supplied a sample for review