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Pinto Beans

First in the ham leftover series, of course, is pinto beans.

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Pinto Beans

by zirbirt

When I carve a bone-in ham, I always leave quite a bit of meat on the bone. I do this partly because I'm lazy, but mostly because I know what I am going to do with that bone. See, the night we have ham, I get things started by getting my beans started.

Before I do anything with dry beans, I always rinse them off. Beans, obviously are stored dry. This means, any dust or dirt that gets on them, will still be there, since they cannot be washed (that would get them wet). So rinse your beans off thoroughly.

I put them in a metal strainer and just run water over them for a minute or so.

Now, I just set them in a container (usually my crock pot). Then add water till they are completely covered.

I put the lid on and let that hang out over night, not turned on.. just room temp.

Of course, I store my ham bone in the fridge, inside some form of airtight container.

The next morning, I get that hambone.

The great thing here is I tried to keep some skin on it, to transfer that delicious glaze flavor to my beans. I also kept a lot of meat and fat. That will all loosen up and make my beans much more enjoyable.

I toss it in with the beans. (no I do not drain the water in there). Then throw in a chopped onion, 2 tsp of salt and a bit of Chipotle (to go with the flavoring on the ham). Also, if you saved some of those ham drippings, toss them in here. That is concentrated flavor.

Next up, I add water till everything is about at the top of the ham. Don't worry, this follows the same rules as making a stock. It will not be just a watery mess. The marrow from the bone, and the connective tissue along with the fat will turn this into a nice delicious broth.

I put the lid on, plug in the crock pot, and set it to low.. and let it cook ALL DAY.

When the day is done and it's time for dinner, all I have to do is scoop and enjoy. (or add some diced onions and a touch of hot sauce to the top).

I do fish out the bones, and after we are done eating, I drain the remaining stock into another air tight container and store it in the fridge for a soup stock (seriously value on value with leftover leftovers making yet another meal). The remaining beans (if there are any) goes into a container and is lunch the next day.

Yes, I know, crazy simple, crazy cheap.. and believe it or not, crazy good.

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