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The best combination of two of our favorite “heirlooms”: tomatoes and beans! We’ve loved panzanella ever since we discovered this pure genius of a salad. Our version features hearty Ayocote Blanco beans.get the recipe
The state of Zacatecas, northwest of Mexico City, has a rich history of thriving nomadic tribes as old as the Aztecs, and is the original site for some of the world’s first beans. Today, thousands of experienced small-scale farmers are Mexico’s leading producers of guavas, chiles, nopales, and, of course, beans– benefiting from the sunny, semi-arid climate and rich, red soils. We partnered with Armando Klein of Darmstadt Organics, who helped organize the farms in his community into a cooperative– so that they can benefit from shared resources and collectively innovate, like achieving organic certification and promoting crops that are important symbols of regional identity.
The state of Zacatecas, northwest of Mexico City, has a rich history of thriving nomadic tribes as old as the Aztecs, and is the original site for some of the world’s first beans. Today, thousands of experienced small-scale farmers are Mexico’s leading producers of guavas, chiles, nopales, and, of course, beans– benefiting from the sunny, semi-arid climate and rich, red soils.
We partnered with Armando Klein of Darmstadt Organics, who helped organize the farms in his community into a cooperative– so that they can benefit from shared resources and collectively innovate, like achieving organic certification and promoting crops that are important symbols of regional identity.
I’m made these In the insta pot and seasoned the broth with a salsa verde and it went perfectly with seared trout. Great flavor and incredible texture
We followed the recommendations for flavorings, i.e., olive oil, Parmesan rind, bay leaf, garlic, and dried chile, and this made for yummy creamy beans in a delicious broth. We enjoyed it with fresh bread one evening and added kale the next night for a comforting autumn soup.
i love these beans so much! i found them so quick to cook on my stovetop, and i loved the texture. so creamy / buttery. cooked with parm rinds + lemon peels, plus a bunch of other aromatics, and ate as creamy brothy beans with bread dipped in
I was excited about these beans, and I have had them before from another company. I wanted to support this company, which has really good values. That said…
Honestly, I didn’t much like these. They took forever to cook (2.5 hours on stovetop) and I didn’t find them particularly tasty. They are very mealy.
Thank you for sharing your experience with this bean. We actually love hearing feedback from our community as home cooks develop their own bean palates (much like wine!). Some people find these beans to be velvety and that's okay! We're here for you as you experiment with other varieties and can't wait to hear what you think of them.
I sometimes struggle with making a review useful to potential buyers when I am completely enamored with a product. Such is the case here, so please bear with me as this may become a long and rambling post. However, for those of you that like to skip to the conclusion...just buy the darned beans, you'll be glad you did ;-)
Let's start with the specifics (before moving on to generalities). The Ayocote Blanco beans are EXTRAORDINARY!!!! Large, velvety, substantial; they cook up quickly in a pressure cooker and provide a substantial base for almost any meal. My favorite use (so far) is as a pasta substitute. Pressure cook them with a bit of salt, garlic, olive oil, and bay leaves until not quite tender (but just past al dente, about 45 minutes in my stovetop pressure cooker); naturally release pressure (about 15 minutes. Continue to simmer with a healthy dose of oregano until perfectly cooked then add a bunch of rinsed/chopped kale and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes until the kale is tender. Serve with a spicy tomato sauce spooned over the top and finish with a healthy serving of grated pecorino Romano cheese. Crusty garlic bread completes a fabulous meal. Absolutely wonderful.
Now for the generalities... I love this company and their philosophy (as well as their entire product line). I started with their all the beans set and truly enjoyed every single one. I never thought there could be this much variety among beans. I've since reordered many of my favorites (almost all of them). When the box with almost 20 lbs of beans arrived, my wife didn't even comment this time...I think she's become as much a fan as I am.
My one hope for this company (beyond their long-term viability) is that they find some way to come up with more sustainable packaging. I'm thrilled with the availability of the new 2.5 lb bags, but it would be great if it were possible to move away from the heavy plastic. I know the options, especially for a small company, are limited, but kraft paper packaging would be wonderful.
Ordering was easy and delivery was fast. These beans made a delicious hummus! Will definitely order again.
Ayocote Blancos are one of my favorite beans of all time! Their large size and velvety texture is super satisfying to eat and they hold up really well to all sorts of cooking methods. My favorite preparation is in a saucy baked casserole of some sort—something about that extra time spent cooking in a hearty sauce with melty toasty cheese on top is just magic. You won't miss the meat OR the pasta with these guys, they're absolute perfection.
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