Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Don't Toss That Cooking Liquid!

Unless of course its bean cooking liquid, then you can toss it away. I know some recipes use the liquid from beans but unless you live alone or in a frat house, I wouldn't recommend it. Bean cooking liquid will make you gassy like you never knew possible.

On the other hand, liquid from cooking pasta works nicely in soups and it is thicker than water which gives soups a nice bit of body. It was actually the cooking liquid from some faux chicken gluten that prompted me to post this though. The recipe I used said to cook the gluten about 50 minutes until the liquid had all been absorbed. 50 minutes came and went but the cooking liquid was still there. The gluten was good but what to do with all the broth?

Monday night I tossed it into the pressure cooker with some water, dried red lentils and a tablespoon of oil (to prevent foaming). Seven minutes later, I let off the steam and added in some chopped tomatoes. I served this over whole wheat couscous, which cooks in about 2 minutes. We had homemade coleslaw on the side.

Dinner took about a half an hour to get on the table and it was really delicious. So don't toss that cooking liquid, it may save you time another night. AT the very least toss it in the freezer to use another time but make sure you label the container.


Soledad said...

Ok, so I just found your blog yesterday and now I have chair sores because I totally ignored everything else I was supposed to do and was glued to my computer reading all of your entries and rplies. Realy great stuff, I am now officially a fan. The starch water trick is a pretty good one...my grandma used to reuse the potaoe boiling water when money was scarce for making mashed potatoes without milk and for her waffle and pancake batter as well. Kind of brought back some cool memories just reading about it. Take care, and I'll be checking in to read your posts. If you ever get bored, I've actually bitten the bullet and started a blog of my own frugalfeminista.blogspot.com. Come on by and check it out...I welcome any advice you may have.

Katie said...

Welcome aboard! Chair sores, wow, that's a pretty high compliment! I had forgotten about potato water until you mentioned it but it is definitely another great cooking liquid to use. I'll have to check out your blog soon.

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Samuel Falik said...

is cooking liquid any liquid (as mentioned from pasta, potatoes) or water used to boil something else? do some cooking liquids go better for certain recipes than others? novice cook here, this is a new concept for me. thanks!

Valerie Taylor said...

Bean cooking liquid will only make you gassy until you're used to it. Use a little of it at a time to start out. When you can use as much of it as you want, you'll know your GI tract is healthy and full of good fauna!