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Add Flavor to Your Bean Dish

Sometimes referred to as the fifth taste – in addition to sweet, sour, bitter, and salty – the flavor or essence of umami was discovered in Japan around 100 years ago. The word is derived from the Japanese term for “deliciousness.” Small amounts of umami-rich ingredients can go a long way in enhancing the flavor of the simplest dishes. Adding these foods to bean dishes is an easy way to create a savory meal with just a handful of ingredients. Get the details.

Get the Most Flavor from Canned Beans

Canned beans are a fast and easy way to create favorite bean dishes, but letting them cook a little bit is the secret to a great-tasting dish, according to Cook’s Illustrated Encyclopedia.

Stir the beans into sautéed aromatic ingredients like onions and garlic along with whatever spices and herbs you are using. Instead of just heating them up, let them cook for 30 minutes. Allowing beans time to soak up the flavors of other ingredients gives them a homemade flavor.

Wanna know more about cooking with canned beans? Click here to read about draining and rinsing canned beans to reduce sodium.