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Bean Soaking Methods

[ 1 ] August 26, 2007 |

All dry beans should be hand-sorted, rinsed twice with water and soaked according to any one of the following methods. Dry beans are a raw agricultural product and may contain dirt, stones and other debris.

Gas-Free Method

Beans cause gas because they contain indigestible sugars that ferment in our intestines. Fermentation of sugars produces carbon dioxide gas, and thus intestinal gas.

In a stockpot or dutch oven, place 1 pound of dry beans (sorted and rinsed) in 10 or more cups of boiling water; boil for 2-3 minutes, cover and set aside overnight. The next day approximately 75 to 90 percent of the indigestible sugars will have dissolved into the soaking water. Drain, and then rinse the beans thoroughly before cooking them.

From: beans4health website.

Quick Soak Method

Place 1 pound of sorted and rinsed beans in 8-10 cups of water. Bring to a boil and cook for two minutes. Turn off heat and set aside for one hour. Drain and rinse with water. Beans are now ready to cook.

Overnight Soak Method

Place 1 pound of sorted and rinsed beans in 8-10 cups of cold water. Cover and let soak over night. Drain and rinse beans before cooking.

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  1. Joy says:

    I have been cooking beans for years and I will honestly admit I did not know there is a gas free method for cooking beans. And I certainly didn’t know that sugars from the beans causes gas. We learn something new every day. I also saw that you noted you should rinse the beans twice. I only rinse mine one time. But now that I think about it rinsing them twice might be a good idea.

    Here’s something I wonder if your readers know. I have ran across many recipes online that always say you can throw dry beans in a slow cooker or crockpot and with the time indicated they’ll come out nice and tender. However, this never happens for me. My beans always come out a little crunchy when I throw them into my crockpot. So I’m assuming that crockpot and slow cookers vary on times when it comes to cooking dry beans. But I’ve had an off bad experience to know, it’s best to soak the beans either using the quick soak or overnight method. Then, you can follow the recipe for the crockpot or slow cooker.

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