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How to pair beans and wine

How to pair beans and wine

Layla Schlack, a fellow bean enthusiast and wine writer, identifies the types of wine that would best compliment the Primary Beans varieties in your pantry.
Why beans are the perfect food for baby-led weaning

Why beans are the perfect food for baby-led weaning

Learn about baby-led weaning, some key tips for a smooth and low-stress start, and why beans are  the ideal food for little hands and growing babies.
Summer bean salad with Primary Beans

A note about finding solace in summer meals

For as long as we’ve lived, food has been a catalyst for conversation, for relationship-building, and for joy, especially when things feel difficult. My hope is that this season is no different.
Why beans are essential for a healthy gut

Why beans are essential for a healthy gut

We’re not shy about touting all the scientifically proven benefits of beans, which is why we’re excited to partner with Chelsea Didinger, PhD Candidate, to dive into the role beans play in promoting gut health.
A special note for Earth Day

A special note for Earth Day

It’s a privilege to celebrate all our progress this Earth Day– it’s a reminder that a group of passionate individuals working collectively towards a shared vision is the best way to create change.
What is regenerative agriculture anyway?

What is regenerative agriculture anyway?

Our Montana farm is looking towards regenerative agriculture to sustain the future of the farm. But like any buzzword, the definition can get muddled, so we sat down with owner Jeff Bangs.
Meet the farm behind your favorite chickpeas

Meet the farm behind your favorite chickpeas

We sat down with our Montana-based farm partner to learn more about the Marvel chickpea variety, what makes it so special, and how its virtues extend well beyond its culinary traits.
When is the best time to salt beans?

When is the best time to salt beans?

The exact timing for adding salt is controversial among cooks. In this experiment, I ran four different tests on Chickpeas from Primary Beans to determine the best method. By Karishma Pradhan.
Do I need to soak beans?

Do I need to soak beans?

There is a huge debate around whether you need to soak beans in advance of cooking them. To test these theories, I cooked 5 varieties of beans from Primary Beans in an Instant Pot. By Karishma Pradhan.
What is the best method to cook beans?

What is the best method to cook beans?

There are several ways to cook beans at home, from stovetop to the Instant Pot. My goal was to determine the best method and identify any differences between methods. By Karishma Pradhan.
The science behind cooking beans

The science behind cooking beans

Bean cooking can get a bit controversial, so in partnership with Primary Beans, Karishma Pradhan set out to put an end to some of the most pressing bean cooking questions.
A note about climate change from our CEO

A note about climate change from our CEO

As we get ready to bring incredible new bean varieties to your table, we’ve also been navigating the realities that come with working directly with farms. 
The future of beans (Part 4) by Primary Beans

The future of beans (Part 4)

We’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at Primary Beans' role in furthering the availability of the highest quality beans to home cooks around the country.

The art of bean breeding (Part 3) by Primary Beans

The art of bean breeding (Part 3)

What exactly is breeding? We’re demystifying the often misunderstood concept of breeding, its important role today, and how it has shaped the availability of beans at the grocery store.
What are heirloom beans? (Part 2) by Primary Beans

What are heirloom beans? (Part 2)

Ever wonder how heirloom beans differ from the run-of-the-mill varieties found at the typical grocery store? Here, we break down the different types of beans and explain the allure of heirloom beans.

Beans’ role in agriculture by Primary Beans

Small but mighty: Beans’ treasured role in agriculture (Part 1)

The humble bean has been fundamental to meeting agricultural, nutritional, and cultural needs of the societies that have grown them. We're giving you an in-depth look at the evolution of beans.