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2017/06/18 22:20:16 (permalink)

Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude

I'm cooking a batch of red beans and rice for 95 people at 8,000 plus feet this summer in Colorado. I'm seeking advice on how altitude will affect my cooking time.
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/06/19 10:42:52 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby bwruland 2017/09/21 17:10:20
As the boiling point of water is, due to lessened atmospheric pressure, lower the 'higher' you go I would think you need to lengthen your cooking time to accommodate this fact.  This may help.
Or, use a pressure cooker - often a common method used at high altitude.
 
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When visiting my former in-laws in Cochabamba (8,500') and La Paz (12,000') I noticed that coffee was never very hot and became tepid quickly.  And, even at 220#, two beers and two cigarettes made me high as a kite.  High altitude can be quite the novel experience - especially in La Paz.  As for your guests ... after enjoying your red beans & rice ... let's say that they won't have use for toilet paper for the next day or two.
 
Edit: the last comment was not a knock on your RB&R, just a statement that high altitude dehydrates one coming from sea level.  That fact makes 'movements' difficult for a time.  Then, on return, the opposite can sometimes happen suddenly.  I guess that's why Customs usually have 'necessary rooms' at the ready.
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/06/19 10:55:55 (permalink)
Thanks, I wish I could take my pressure cooker with me but I doubt they'd let me fly with it. I live at 9 feet elevation so I see some challenges ahead (beer drinking, cooking etc)
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/06/19 15:38:45 (permalink)
Since I've nevery done it and you haven't either (since you are asking the question), my suggestion is:
 
1. at 8000 ft water boils at 196/197 deg F:  at home, Make a test cook for a smaller pot of beans to determine how long it will take to cook at 196 deg.     Hot water cooks rice so from the test cook of beans you can decide when to add rice to the bean pot. I don't think rice cooking time will increase greatly.
 
2.    At the event while cooking the Beans & Rice, kept a spare pot of boiling water.   This is to temper the beans & rice as they cook & replace the water that evaporates and not cool the pot adding COLD water.       After doing several cooks, you would already know how much water is needed.
 
3.    Ask your client if pressure cookers can be made available?   Preferably large canning type.
 
Just my thoughts on how to learn and preform like you've done this before without delaying dining service.
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/09/07 07:43:14 (permalink)
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3.    Ask your client if pressure cookers can be made available?   Preferably large canning type.

Alternatively, ship your home pressure cooker ahead of time and then ship it back home after the dinner.
 
Also, stick to your tried-and-true recipe.  As this dinner is taking place in Colorado you may be requested to add some local herbs.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2017/09/07 07:45:45
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/11/29 07:18:24 (permalink)
Thanks!!
 
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/11/29 09:17:43 (permalink)
Since this got bumped, ... And I hate it when we don't get the ENDing of the story   ...
 
HoW did the Beans & Rice turn out and how did you prepare them?
 
post edited by edwmax - 2017/11/29 09:19:27
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/11/29 11:07:04 (permalink)
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Since this got bumped, ... And I hate it when we don't get the ENDing of the story   ...
 
HoW did the Beans & Rice turn out and how did you prepare them?
 


They came out great. We cooked 8lbs of beans in the biggest pot we could lay our hands on. Brought the pot to a boil, shut it off, waited 3 hours, brought it back to a boil, reduced to simmer and cooked for 4 more hours. Cooled them down then temped them the next day.
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/11/29 17:48:32 (permalink)
Thanks  .. Great Job.
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/11/30 16:45:40 (permalink)
That reminds me that I haven't made red beans and rice in awhile.  Maybe Monday!

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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/12/05 01:57:58 (permalink)
Looks delightful.
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/12/05 10:51:38 (permalink)
It was better than delightful.
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Re: Cooking Red Beans and Rice at High Altitude 2017/12/05 11:02:10 (permalink)
I made it last night and it was wonderful.  At Michael's suggestion I changed it a little.  Instead of serving the Andouille on the side, I cut it into thick pieces, browned them and added them to the beans.  It was great.
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