Questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with beans as a main ingredient.

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How do I cook beans without having too many that are split?

Whenever I have cooked beans from raw (dried), many of the beans split. But if I buy canned beans, there are fewer split beans. How are the canned beans cooked so that there are fewer split beans?
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How long will reconstituted beans last in the refrigerator?

Dried beans. Soaked overnight. Drained. How long can I keep them in the refrigerator before use?
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How to make homemade pinto beans taste like canned refried beans?

I see plenty of advice out there on how to make canned pinto beans taste delicious, but does anyone know how to recreate that cheapo refrito taste? I've tried countless combinations of freshly cooked ...
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preparing lupini beans?

Lupini beans are an ancient and delicious snack food widely consumed around the Mediterranean and elsewhere. But they naturally contain high levels of toxic alkaloids, so they require special ...
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Canning chili with beans

We're going to try canning some homemade chili with canned kidney beans. Question: Would it be best to add the beans right before canning so they don't get over cooked or do you think there would be ...
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How can I preserve Winged Beans until my next batch matures?

I am very proud that I have managed to grow a healthy crop of Winged Beans ( Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) in my small backyard garden. And the crop is quite reasonable. I was wondering if anyone had ...
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What's the approximate dry to cooked weight conversion ratio for beans?

Cooked in water, they of course absorb some of it. Looking for weight, not volume conversion. If it varies by type, this is for Red Kidney Beans, but I'm guessing one general number can be good enough ...
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How long will boiled beans last when refrigerated in a sealed container? [duplicate]

How long will beans that have been soaked for several hours, boiled and drained last in the refrigerator when stored in a sealed container. Chili sauce is added to the beans with diced tomatoes.
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Is Foul Fair? (Or what is this mystery bean)

I came across this at my local hypermarket, and I'm wondering what it is, and what one can do with it. If it isn't obvious from the picture (Bigger version here http://i.stack.imgur.com/M4TKG.jpg) ...
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Baking soda for soaking chickpeas [duplicate]

This source claims that adding baking soda is crucial when soaking chickpeas. Is this true, and if so, what is the reason that this works?
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Dried Kidney beans for Chili

We're going to buy a large quantity of dried kidney beans. It will mostly be used for Chili. I've never used them before so excuse me if this sounds like a dumb question. Would I need to soak the ...
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Does soaking dry beans before cooking prevent flatulence?

There are all kinds of opinions on whether or not soaking beans helps decrease flatulence. Some say adding things like baking soda, lemon juice, salt, or other things to the bath helps the effect. ...
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Are my dried moong dal beans bad?

I have some moong dal that I bought at an Indian market a few months ago. I've stored them in a sealed tupperware container. When I opened them today (to make them for dinner tonight), they smell ...
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Is it safe to eat raw green beans which have been in brine at room temperature?

I've had some raw green beans in a brine solution for about one week at room temperature. Are they at risk for botulism? Can I put them into a vinegar solution and pickle them, or should I cook them ...
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How do I avoid fibrous, dry beans?

I've recently started adding beans to my diet to get more fiber. I've never been a fan, but it's better than the alternative. I've also discovered refried variations, which helps a lot. What I'm ...
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BBQ-style baked beans without mustard?

My friend has some kind of weird food sensitivity to mustard. He's coming over for dinner and I wanted to make baked beans, but just about every baked beans recipe I've seen calls for mustard. I have ...
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How to make a dish from dried beans without causing gassiness [duplicate]

I've been making a lot of stews recently in a crock pot, and I love using dried beans to thicken it up for cheap. The problem I (and anyone else who eats it) have is that I get terrible gas for one to ...
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What is the difference between Seed, Grain, Nut, Kernel, Pit, Bean?

What is the difference between Seed, Grain, Nut, Kernel, Pit, Bean? Seed (as in apple) Grain (as in wheat), fruit Nut (as in almond) Kernel (as in corn) Pit (as in olive) Bean (as in fava/broad ...
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Maintaining pressure on Pressure Cooker

I used to cook a lot of beans on regular pots before I switched to a Pressure cooker. On regular pots once the water is boiling I'd turn it down to simmering temperature where there are only few ...
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Pressure cooking beans with salt and spices

I am trying to pressure cook beans. In order to to soeed things up eben further I add salt before cooking rather than after. While I know that salt toughening beans is an unsubstantiated myth there ...
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Broad bean water went brown overnight

We had broad beans last night (in a risotto - yum!) I emptied the beans from their pod, blanched them, then removed the skins from the individual beans before putting them into the risotto. I never ...
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Can I cook beans without salt?

I made some refried beans in a slow cooker, loosely following the recipe from my cookbook. The recipe says to cook the beans with ½ teaspoon of salt. Is this necessary to properly cook the beans? I am ...
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Mung bean sprouts developed a slight purple color on day 3?

I've been sprouting my beans for three days now; yesterday I noticed some had developed a slight purple coloration while rinsing them, photo attached. One of them even went blue-ish, but there is no ...
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Soaked Dried Beans [duplicate]

If dried beans that have been seasoned with garlic, salt and bayleaf and has fermented while soaking for 24 hours in the crockpot. Is it still safe to cook?
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Can I substitute “green beans” for “string beans”?

The famous Thai salad "Som Tam" uses raw, crushed string beans in small amounts, and I have seen recipes that suggest raw normal green beans as a substitution. How will the subsitution affect the ...
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Adding cold water during cooking of beans and cooking time

After soaking dry beans, I place beans on heat, so they boil for couple of hours, and they cook pretty well. But if I add just one cup of cold water (at room temperature) during boiling, temperature ...
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What kinds of beans are there and how to recognize them? [closed]

I've been looking for nutrition facts for beans (bought in bulk, doesn't have a label) I bought but couldn't find which type there are. It took me quite a while to recognize them as pinto beans. Also ...
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Can I turn a can of red kidney beans into red bean paste for Japanese Style Red Bean Paste Buns?

I have a can of Red Kidney Beans, and I want to use it to make Japanese Red Bean Paste Buns. Looking online, I found that these buns require Azuki Beans for the paste, not Kidney Beans. Is there a way ...
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Mung beans take 10+ days to sprout

I am trying to make mung bean sprouts at home, as they are rare to find in a store where I live. After I soak them for 12 hours I place them in a spin dryer basket whose mesh is fine enough to hold ...
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Why boil adzuki beans for anko twice?

This anko recipe calls for boiling the adzuki beans twice, draining and re-filling the water in between. Why is this done? Is this necessary?
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Black Beans - Toss the soak water?

I'm making a two pounds of dry black beans by: Sorting out the rocks, dirt, malformed beans Washing any dirt or mud from the remaining beans Soaking for only 1 hour in 2 gallons of water and 2 ...
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Baked beans still firm after soaking and hours of cooking

I decided I would make baked beans for a BBQ at my MIL's this past weekend. I've never made baked beans but decided that it was time since I love them so much! I found a recipe for Southern Baked ...
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Beans, bacon, and chicken [closed]

I am eating a mix of boiled bacon, broiled chicken, and boiled beans (+ salt & pepper). It tastes awkward. What can I add to improve this flavor within $5 to restaurant quality? (I am not ...
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What bean species are best for baked beans?

I want to cook baked beans, the slowcooker version. I want to make it from dry beans. My question is: what sort of beans will be best for this dish? I need at least 2-3 alternatives, cause I live in ...
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How long do you have to cook adzuki beans in a pressure cooker before they're edible?

I'm not talking about taste, I'm talking about them not being a health hazard. I cooked unsoaked adzuki beans for maybe a little less than 20 minutes on the lower pressure setting (don't know the ...
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Why do red kidney beans come in 410g cans?

I live in a fully metric country. Every single canned vegetable or pulse comes in a nice round number - and generally 400g of it. Except for red kidney beans - they always come in 410g cans. And ...
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Amount of caffeine per bean of Starbucks bagged coffee (big secret I guess) [closed]

What is the amount of caffeine in one single coffee bean, and how much of that caffeine actually drips through when brewed with a regular coffee machine? Say Starbucks House Blend for example, (the ...
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Do fava beans need to cook longer than other kinds of beans?

I typically cook my beans a total of 1:45h - 2h after soaking them overnight. On a couple of occasions, I noticed that did not make fava beans as tender as others get after that much cooking. Do ...
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Do tinned foods go off (stale)?

This morning I found a tin of baked beans with a best before date of August 2014. A colleague of mine told me that it's perfectly safe to eat, and that tinned foods never go off. Can this be true? Do ...
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How are black beans cooked for Mexican dishes?

In the US, some Mexican restaurants and taco vans offer a choice of black beans served as a topping for tacos or tortilla salads. The black beans are not mashed, like refried beans, but served whole. ...
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Why won't my beans soften?

I have an old jar of 9 bean soup mix which is basically dried beans. In order to cook them, they must first be softened and according to some prior research a few methods exist, though the most common ...
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Is cooking beans or any other food in metal cans safe?

Occasionally, I go camping and cook beans over a fire inside of the [what I am assuming is tin] can it comes packaged in (after opening the lid). Does heating the metal can release any chemicals in ...
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How do you make the green beans served at Din Tai Fung?

Does anyone know how to make these? I'm pretty sure they are just blanched and fried (w/garlic), but I can't seem to get it right.
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Is re-freezing the same beans bad?

I have a bunch of frozen beans in the freeze and I found out that pouring hot water on them is easier to take them out of their container with a measuring cup. But them I re-freeze them. Is this a bad ...
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How to make beans more neutral tasting?

I am looking for a way to process beans, or a variety of bean that is as flavourless as possible, to get a "clean slate" for making vegetarian cutlets
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How long can I soak red kidney beans for?

I have had red kidney beans (dried) soaking for 2 days now as I didn't get around to cooking them yesterday. Will they still be safe to eat if I cook them up tonight? Thanks!
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Why isn't my espresso coffee nice and strong?

I have just purchased an expensive espresso coffee machine (American) but the taste isn't nice and strong as I expected. Does it depend on the coffee beans? What characteristics should I look for (in ...
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The mystery of heating up canned beans- What the tin says

Cans of beans say "Heat for 3-4 min. DO NOT BOIL". Does anyone know why canned beans should not be boiled? Surely they were boiled when they were first cooked, so where's the problem?
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Is soaking beans 24 hours unrefrigerated safe?

It strikes me as an unsafe food practice to follow Cook's Illustrated's advice for soaking dried beans for 24 hours unrefrigerated. I've also seen them suggest you soak steel-cut oats unrefrigerated ...
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Alternative milk Bean curd

Can milk from beans other than soy be curdled to make a tofu-like product? I know that black beans work, but I am wondering about kidney or pinto for example (or any other). Has anyone experimented on ...