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When you cook dried beans do you soak them first or just cook them?

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Asked by benjamink at 5:09 PM on Jan. 20, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • my aunt always soaks them overnight in some salt water

    Answer by angevil53 at 5:10 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • I soak them first and I notice if I don't soak them, they don't cook right.

    Answer by ABPeterson at 5:10 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • Oh yeah and if you need a quick soak, first pick through the beans to remove small stones and other foreign material. Then place them in a cooking vessel large pot. For each pound of beans, add 6 to 8 cups of hot water. Heat to boiling and boil vigorously for 3 minutes.

    Answer by ABPeterson at 5:11 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • I soak 8 hours or more.

    Answer by IamPatSajak at 5:12 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • Our water is hard and has lots of calcium and minerals so it takes an quick soak/boil, followed by an overnight soak for beans to be tender enough.

    Answer by raybird1031 at 5:33 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • My dad always soaked them in water for a few hours.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 5:38 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • The only beans I cook are red beans and I cover them with water and bring it to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil I turn the fire off then stick a lid on it tight and let them sit for a couple of hours. I find by bringing it to a boil it makes the beans less gassy and softens the shell or hull quicker.

    I've never done it with any other bean than a red bean.

    Answer by momtotrips at 5:59 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • I sort, rinse and cook; I don't soak.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:40 PM on Jan. 20, 2010

  • Check out for bean help - she's got some tutorials on how to cook them, and tons of recipes that use them - all kinds! Love that site!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:02 PM on Jan. 21, 2010

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