Enter the world of cassoulet through the eyes of my favorite expert in all things Gascon, Kate Hill. Here it is: her much awaited book, Cassoulet: A French Obsession.
So I bought one of these from D'Artagnan
It's not the funnel shaped ones I love but those are quite a bit more fragile and expensive to ship from France. This one came practically over night from NJ (or somewhere).
It'll hold 8 quarts which is enough cassoulet for 12 people.
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I'm calling the beans dry.Read More
When I bite a bean it shatters nicely, not chewy or leathery.Read More
We had a hard frost this weekend so my eleven year old and I harvested the rest of the beans with flashlights in the dark (a fun adventure!), all which are drying on platters now. (I had to cull out a few moldy beans so now I am storing them all on platters until Elaine calls them to herself.) Can't wait for the cassoulet party!
Check your beans, people! I was running my fingers through my gold coins I mean tarbais beans and noticed a faint smell of... mold! Picked out a few that looked suspicious. Have the beans spread out on the counter now (instead of the jar) and will let them dry a bit more before putting them in a bag in the freezer. The thing is I didn't harvest till they were fully dried on the vine, so not sure if this is just what happens or if I've done something wrong.
Zoe: Yah moist beans will mold or even sprout! I've been drying mine in the oven with just the oven light on, it gets to about 85 deg in my oven that way
Aruna: I thought mine were dry! Ugh.
Zoe: When you bite into one does it feel chewy ?
Aruna: Not at all.
Meg: I just opened mine up and removed a few discolored ones. I'll let them dry on the counter for a day or so and inspect them more thoroughly in the am. Damn.
Jennifer: Elaine will you check the ones I gave you? I thought they were dry but now am worried.
Susan: I had the same issue. Had to throw out a few today. Now they are laid out on platters on my counter to dry.
Elaine: Jennifer, They look fine but I'm putting them out in a tray now to be safe.
Elaine: Thanks for the heads up, Aruna!
Guy: I dried mine flat for at least a day (mostly 2-3 days) before putting them in jars... so far so good...
Race against time - hopeful beans vs. first frost (this coming weekend, apparently)!
Bean harvest. I put them in the jars to measure volume (just under 3 quarts). But since the beans are not fully dry I have them spread out in a single layer on cardboard to finish drying. Will report weight then.
Is this normal? A batch shelled this weekend has begun to sprout. Is it the humidity? Should I throw it in the freezer? Some of it is also discolored somehow.
Elena: I think you shelled it too early. The freezer probably is the best choice.
Elaine: Neal, have you seen this before?
Elena: Before freezing my beans they looked kind of similar. They did not sprout.. though.
Elaine: Elona, do you mind if I repost the picture to a couple boards and garden groups?
Elona: Go ahead . The other two batches are fine so I am thinking that this is a case of picking too early or right after rainy patch.
Elaine: Ah it probably is the later. The dried beans being remoistened then warmed up by coming inside. If I were a seed, I'd sprout.
Elaine: Also are the beans hard? What happens when you push your nail into it?
Elona: They seemed soft(er).