I’m probably one of the few people who actually like Rachael Ray. I say this because it seems like most people give her a lot of crap for just being her and that’s kind of sucky. Now don’t get me wrong, there are a few things she does that are sort of annoying. And okay, yes my husband and I created a drinking game for 30 minute meals, but that really isn’t important at this stage. To give you an example of something she does that sort of makes me cringe, is when she uses canned beans. She drains the beans into her garbage bowl (which also baffles me, but whatever) and then into the dish the beans go.
This makes me turn into teh cra-ZY! Here’s the deal, canned beans and canned veggies tend to have a good bit of sodium attached to them for preservation purposes. And beans tend to have what seems like sludge in the bottom of the cans (black and chick peas are the worst offenders) and quite frankly, I don’t want to eat sludge. Also, that’s where the sodium lives! And a good idea is to reduce that as much as possible.
In order to do that, you’ve gotta rinse the stuff off. I dump the beans or veggies, in a strainer that sits in the sink. Then I give them a good rinse for about a minute or so. Shaking and jostling everything around so that I can get all the pieces rinsed. Only then can I feel good about using and eating them. Ms. Ray sometimes will tell you that the stuff in the can of beans can help thicken up your dish. And a part of me dies inside when I see her do this.
Please do not use the bean sludge to help thicken up anything! Rinse them off and help get rid of some of that sodium. We just don’t need it! Canned veggies don’t typically have sludge like beans, but they still get a good rinse from me.
Next time you use canned beans or veggies, make sure to give them a good shower first. And if you see DoubleR not doing that, it’s two drinks down the hatch.