Life has been coming at me fast, so I don’t have a big cooking thought to share. Or even a medium-sized one. So, here’s something I love…
“Did you get the a new bean box?”
- My bean-loving son
It’s bean box day!
I shout my love for pressure cooker beans from the rooftops. Beans are one of the reasons I became a pressure cooker convert; dried beans are so much better than canned, and pressure cooking is quick. I can use dried beans in my day-to-day cooking, without having to plan a day ahead.
Rancho Gordo grows the best beans I’ve ever had. I heard about them on the Internet years ago, and could not get over the price…until my wife brought me back a few bags from a business trip to San Francisco. (Rancho Gordo is in the Ferry Market Building in downtown SF.) And, oh, my, what beans they were.
Why are they so good? I think they are fresher than the beans I get in the store. (Even the organic beans from the fancy natural foods store, with high turnover.) Rancho Gordo beans just taste…beanier. (Is that a word? Sure. Go with it.)
Now, they are expensive I can get a pound of beans for a buck or two at my local grocery store. (I do get them at my local grocery when I’m in a hurry and need a specific kind of bean.) Rancho Gordo beans average about $5.99/lb. I think of these beans as a luxury, like a prime grade steak - but they are a luxury I can afford on a regular basis.
That’s why I joined the Rancho Gordo bean club, and get my quarterly shipment of beans. (And, this time, a bag of black Quinoa. Interesting…) I supplement with an occasional order to stock up on my favorites, Midnight Black Beans, Pinto Beans, and Domingo Rojo Beans. As I said, they’re an everyday luxury for me.
[Update 2018-01-18: Whoops, the Bean Club is sold out. Sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up, and keep an eye out to see if they reopen.]
So, if you are willing to spend for the best beans, check out Rancho Gordo.
Note: This post is not sponsored, and I’m not an affiliate. I just love these beans.