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Dear brain trust: I do not like beans. I have never liked beans.… 
2nd-Jan-2010 09:54 am
Dear brain trust:

I do not like beans. I have never liked beans. We are talking gag reflex, mom would put three on my plate as a kid because we had to try everything and I would swallow them whole because it was the only way to get them down. It's a taste, smell, and texture issue.

However, as an adult, I've discovered a few specific applications where I don't mind beans or bean products:

- chickpeas turned into chickpea cutlets (everyone likes these, thank bob)
- falafel
- edamame, which I can eat like it's going out of style
- peas, whole, uncooked, defrosted, usually in a multi-layer salad
- hummus (alas, Jeff's mom doesn't like hummus)
- tofu (alas, Jeff's mom doesn't like this either)
- green beans (just the outside green part)

I'd like to like beans. I live in a household with two other people who like beans. They're cheap, healthy protein.

Any suggestions on where a lifelong bean hater might start on retraining her tastebuds, or other applications of beans I might like, from the list above?

2nd-Jan-2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
The first thing I ever ate that made me consider beans charitably was cassoulet. Because everything is better with duck fat. I too think they have severe texture problems. Gwoss.

I will eat hummus, edamame, and not-overcooked bean soup. I will not eat chili, baked beans, or refried beans.
3rd-Jan-2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Baked beans are the work of the devil, and chili should always come sans beans.
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