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Cooking times for beans Typical cooking times for different types of beans are the following:

  • Baby lima beans: 60 - 75 minutes
  • Large lima beans: 45 - 60 minutes
  • Dark red kidney beans: 60 - 90 minutes
  • Light red kidney beans: 60 - 90 minutes
  • Pink beans: 60 - 90 minutes
  • Small white beans: 60 - 90 minutes
  • Black eyed beans: 45 - 60 minutes
Beans and iron Beans contain a lot of iron. To help the iron be better absorbed by the organism, eat vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C (such as cabbage, tomatoes and broccoli) together with your beans.
Eat beans for health Dried cooked beans contain no cholesterol, a little fat and a lot of complex carbohydrates. They are also a good source of potassium, fiber and several B vitamins. Furthermore, beans help in colon cancer prevention, reduction of blood cholesterol, improvement of the digestion and relief from constipation. 
Using clove, bay leaf, sage and lavender as natural insect repellents You can use cloves, bay leaves, sage or lavender to repell crawling insects like ants.
Using bay leaves to flavor stocks Bay leaves have a very distinct flavour and they are often used to flavour stocks for soups or stews. Use 1 large bay leaf for every 2 litres (about 1/2 a gallon) of liquid.
Storing tomatoes Store tomatoes at room temperature. For full flavoured tomatoes, let them ripen as much as possible. To speed up the ripening process of tomatoes, place them in a closed container or paper bag together with an apple or pear. The ethylene emitted by tomatoes as well as apples and pears helps the ripening process. When tomatoes have ripened, store them in the refrigerator. Bring them to room temperature before using for maximum flavour. 
Choosing tomatoes Tomatoes that ripen on the plant have a better texture and taste than tomatoes that ripen after being picked. Chose ripe tomatoes with a bright red color.
Nutritional information on tomatoes Raw, red tomatoes contain 22% Vitamin C
Eating tomatoes to prevent prostate cancer Eating tomatoes, especially cooked, in tomato based sauces for example, can prevent prostate cancer. This is due to the fact that tomatoes contain a substance called lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants.
Keeping the color of artichoke flesh To preserve the color of artichokes dip them in water with the juice of half a lemon.