Cooking Instructions

SOUTHERN BEAN SOUP

  1. Rinse and Pick over beans. Place in heavy pot with 3 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let soak for 1 hour.
  2. Drain and rinse. Add 8 cups water and seasoning package. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 2 hours or until beans are tender but firm.
  3. Uncover, increase heat to medium-low and boil gently 30-40 minutes until beans are slightly thickened. 
  4. Discard Bay leaves
  5. Serve with piping hot buttered cornbread sticks.

Makes 10 Cups.



HOPPIN JOHN, RED BEANS & RICE, AND BLACK BEANS & RICE

  1. Rinse and Pick over beans. Place in heavy pot with 3 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let soak for 1 hour.
  2. Drain and rinse. Add 5 cups water and seasoning package. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 2 hours or until beans are tender but firm.
  3. Uncover, increase heat to medium and boil gently 30 minutes until beans are slightly thickened.
  4. (Rice)Where applicable, at this time, combine rice and 2 cups cold water, 1 tsp. salt (optional) in heavy 2-3 quart pot.
  5. Bring water to a rolling boil, lower heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer 20 minutes while covered without stirring or removing lid, which can make rice gummy.

Serve beans over hot rice.

OVEN RICE

(Alternative Cooking Method)

Bring water to boil in small pot

2 cups water

½ stick butter of margarine

1 tea spoon white vinegar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)

After this has come to a boil remove from heat and pour into 8x8 glass baking dish along with 1 cup rice.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until rice is done

This is a fool-proof way of cooking rice, and it has the most flavor.