|Place The Beans On A White Background And Use A Knife To Sort Thru Them. This Is How To Look The Beans|
I let that sink in for a few seconds, and then said, "Say what?"
I had never before heard the phrase "lookin' the beans" and didn't have a clue as to what it meant. In turn, she was astounded that I had never heard that terminology. We began to discuss it.
It seems when one buys a bag of beans, there are other things besides beans in that bag---usually small pebbles, or dirt that must be removed before cooking. Also, she explained, there are some beans that are "bad" that should also be removed prior to cooking.
|These Are The Bad Beans And Dirt And Pebbles Removed After "Lookin'"|
I tried to do some research on this phrase, and it turns out that it is commonly used in the southern United States---mostly in the Appalachian region (Cindy grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee).
Cindy also explained to me that not only beans need to be looked before cooking, but also leaf lettuce that is going to be prepared as "kilt" lettuce (that is a different blog for another day) and greens.
So, before you cook dried beans or greens or leaf lettuce, be sure you "look them" first!