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I soaked the gigantes beans overnight then changed the water. I then added them to a pot, filled the pot with water with a pinch of sea salt, brought them to a boil, and simmered them for almost two hours. I drained the water then proceeded to make the rest of the dish.

The beans never fully got soft. I have to add that I have no idea how long the beans were in my pantry. I didn't buy them as far as I know, but then again if I did buy them it was so long ago I don't remember.

Could I have just used beans that were far too old or did I genuinely do something wrong?


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Your beans were too old. After soaking overnight and simmering for two hours they should definitely be perfect!
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Beans too old is my thought too. They should be tender.
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I always put mi e in a pressure cooker then bake in seasoned tomatoe sauce in the oven
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Okay, I think they are too old too. I have some left from that batch and I will try putting them in the pressure cooker. If this doesn't work, I will throw away what is left. Thanks!


I vote that the beans were too old, as well. Even if you just bought them, who knows how long they have been sitting around at a warehouse or on the shelf!
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Preparing cucumbers for tzatziki

The last time I made tzatziki, I forgot to do this and the texture was very off. So this is a friendly reminder to all of you who make this. I wish I took pics because it was so gross!

I usually chop or grate the cucumbers and then add them to a strainer with some salt and let them drain out. Then I put them in a towel and squeeze the rest of the juice out. I cut corners and just did the strainer part. It wasn't enough.

How do you all prep your cucumbers for tzatziki?

Greek clay pot cooking tips

I have been reading about some traditional recipes that involve clay pots. I noticed that this is fairly common throughout Greece, but it isn't common necessarily with the Greek diaspora in places like United States, Canada, and Australia. What happened when the people moved to those places? Did they adapt the recipes or keeping using these methods and I just don't realize it? My family must have adapted because no one uses clay pots anymore.

I am trying to figure out how to get started with this cooking method while not in Greece. I am honestly not even sure where to start.

Walnut cake fell apart - help!

I found an old recipe for Greek walnut cake in my family's recipe files. Something had spilled on it, it was written in pencil, and I couldn't read the writing that well. So, I cross referenced the recipe with recipes I found online.

Well, the cake didn't hold together. It was crumbly and completely fell apart when I put my fork through it.

Although I would like to know why, I think my best way out of this situation is to try again with a foolproof recipe I know WON'T fall apart, and then maybe I can reverse engineer what happened and rewrite my family recipe! Any suggestions?

Greek sourdough starter?

I am sure I am not alone here, but I didn't always realize that Greeks do sometimes use sourdough starter to make bread.

I had a type of bread last time I was in Greece that was beyond phenomenal and I asked how they made it. They took me back in the kitchen t show me the starter.

Okay, so now I want to learn to bake bread like that. Does anyone have any tips?
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