I was in the grocery store today and walk looking at packages of dry beans. One company, Paco brand, had among the most fascinating cooking directions.
Things started off fine. For quick soaking, cook the beans for two minutes in hot water and then let them sit for an hour.
Well, that's reasonable. Now, on to the cooking --
On a low simmer, cook the drained beans for 56 minutes or until tender.
Yes, "56 minutes." Not 55 or an hour. That's 56 minutes. Got it?
But not even 56 minutes. You'd think that for directions that specific, it would be all you needed to know, and that would be that. But no, if it turns out that the beans aren't quite tender enough in 56 minutes, keep cooking them until they're tender. Like for a total of 58 minutes, maybe.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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