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

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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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Split beans in a pressure cooker?

I just got a Presto 6qt. Pressure Cooker. Its manual states that I shouldn't cook split peas in it; does that include split mung beans or dal, or does it refer only to "green peas?"
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How do you get garlic to stick to green beans?

When sautéing green beans (or snap peas, asparagus, etc) in butter with garlic, how do you get the garlic to stick to the beans?? I've tried varying the amount of butter up and down, and I've even ...
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What does it mean to sort beans?

I have some bags of dried beans. The instructions say, for overnight soaking: OVERNIGHT SOAK: Rinse and sort beans in a large pot. To 1 lb. of beans (about 2 cups), add 6-8 cups cold water. Let ...
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Are there any naturally sweet legumes?

I'm just wondering if any legumes are sweet. Preferably, I'd like a sweet bean, but whatever works.
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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 do I convert a weight of dried chick peas to volume of cooked?

I'm following a recipe that calls for 200g of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight. I have two 28 fl. oz. (796 ml) cans of chick peas, packed in water. This is made complicated by two things: You ...
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Should dry beans be washed before soaking?

When making dried beans, generally I wash the beans, then soak them, then drain&rinse, then cook. I realized today that I started my soak without the prior wash (by accident), and then realized it ...
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Do frozen Lima Beans contain Cyanide?

I often buy frozen vegetables, defrost and eat them. Recently, I came across an article that says Lima Beans contain Cyanide, should be thoroughly cooked and then eaten. Do frozen Lima Beans come ...
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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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Beans rated by cooking time

I'm quite a bean aficionado and have noticed that different kinds of beans vary widely in the amount of cooking the require to achieve an equal level of tenderness. E.g. while I cook small lima beans ...
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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 it worth checking beans for stones?

I've heard from many sources to check beans for stones before soaking/cooking them. I've been cooking with beans for years (mostly black beans, chickpeas and lentils), and I've never encountered a ...
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Are these worms in my black eyed peas/beans?

I was cooking some organic black eyed peas earlier today and I found what appeared to be worms. I had the peas for about 1.5 weeks before I cooked them. Is this common? I did rinse the peas before ...
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Calories in bean liquid?

Canned beans come with a liquid that may be eaten. Do the calories shown on the can reflect the calories with the liquid, or without? Either way, is there a way to know the calories in just the beans ...
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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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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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How to make kidney beans tender?

The way I currently cook kidney beans is to soak them overnight. But still they have to be cooked for a long time on gas before they get tender enough to be edible. Anything that can be added or be ...
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What can you surmise about coffee beans that have oil on them at the time of purchase?

I find myself favoring the purchase of coffee beans that have visible oil on them. My inference was that this bean had some extra flavor or awesomeness. Am I right, are beans 'better' if they are ...
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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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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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Should I rinse canned beans before using them?

Certainly, if I were making a salad with canned beans, I would thoroughly rinse them first. But if I'm making soup or chili with canned black beans or kidney beans, should I drain and rinse them ...
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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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Can I cook two types of dried beans simultaneously?

My bean cooking method is to soak overnight, then cook in a crockpot on low all day. By dinner time the beans are ready. I have only ever done this with a single type of bean at a time. However, I ...
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How much do dry beans expand when soaked?

I've got four cups of dry pinto beans. What will be their volume after I let them soak overnight?
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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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Why should I soak beans before cooking?

Every recipe says I should soak beans in water overnight before cooking. Why? I did some experiments. I have tried soaked and unsoaked beans from the same batch. There was no difference in cooking ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What can I do to help prevent flatulence from beans?

I love the feijoada (typical Brazilian recipe). For optimal cooking, beans should be soaked in water for 12 hours, but it seems this is the cause of flatulence. What is it in beans that causes ...
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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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How long can I store cooked lentils?

I love lentils mixed with onions, spinach and tuna in the morning, unfortunately I am having a really hard time finding cheap canned lentils in my area. So I wonder, if I cook a big batch of dried red ...
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Is it normal for the Chickpeas to develop white froth after being soaked for 12 hours?

Yesterday at 08:00 I had soaked white Chickpeas in water and left the container in the kitchen. Daytime temperature here is 44C. At 20:00 the same day I saw the container covered by white froth. Is ...
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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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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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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 ...