Recently, I have been getting a lot of questions about beans. Are they worth making from scratch? Are the dried ones really that much better than the canned version? And my answer is always, yes and yes.
Beans from scratch really, truly taste better. They have a whole lot more flavor because you are able to add so much flavor in the early stages of the cooking process, which adds depth to the flavor profile. What does this mean? It means that the beans are so good you can eat them on their own (yes, I do that) or in salads without tons of dressing (like my lunch below), but it also means that the recipes you normally make with beans will suddenly taste so much better—more complex, interesting, and full….