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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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Soak clams with cornmeal: yes or no?

Many cook books advise that fresh clams should be soaked in salt water with a bit of corn meal added. The purpose is that the clams will consume the corn meal, thereby cleansing their gut of sand. ...
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Cooking beans with intact skins

When my grandmother would cook dry beans, she always soaked them overnight, and they came out "perfect" in the sense I liked, which was that the beans were soft, and in particular, the skins were ...
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Can I use only urad dal to make dosa?

I've been making dosa lately and was wondering if you could make the batter using only soaked urad dal (black lentils)? Or, do you have to include soaked rice, as well? I am diabetic, so I am trying ...
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How long should chia seeds soak?

I am new to use chia seeds. I soaked them in water for about an hour and there was no significant difference in the size. As per websites it could grow like 12 times the original size. How much ...
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Why do we need to soak dry Fenugreek leaves in warm water, and then sprinkle salt over them?

What's the benefit of soaking dry Fenugreek leaves in warm water and then sprinkling salt over them? From: http://www.everestspices.com/masalas/kasuri-methi Soak the Everest Kasuri Methi in ...
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How does adding baking soda to soaking beans/lentils reduce the gas they make you have?

I've heard a few times that adding a pinch of baking soda to the water you use to soak beans/lentils in, reduces the gas it makes you have. I've not do any measured experiments myself, but I have ...
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Are refried beans supposed to be slimy and nasty smelling?

I found a recipe in the local newspaper to make refried beans. It said to soak them for 36 to 48 hours, draining and using fresh hot water several times. After the time frame, the beans were so ...
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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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How To Get Flavour Into Dried Grains And Pulses

All those things you have to soak, you would think you could infuse some flavour during the soaking. I've tried all sorts of ideas, vegetable stock, herbs, spices, yeast extract etc. but I find the ...
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Speeding up soaking of cashews for a recipe

I am trying to follow a srilankan recipe that asks me to soak cashews overnight, since I cant really wait that long, is there a way to speed up this process? Would putting it in hot water help the ...
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How can I prevent pear juice from soaking into pastry dough?

I'm baking a cheesecake with pieces of pears, using rich shortcrust pastry. The problem is that, during the baking, the pear juice is soaking the pastry. How could I avoid that?
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converting dried measurements to soaked measurements

I have a recipe which calls for 250g of tinned black beans.. i thought i would be smart and use some DRIED black beans i have already! but.. obviously the dried beans will weigh less than the tinned ...
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How long can I store soaked beans before cooking?

I've soaked some beans in room temperature water overnight, since 6pm (white navy beans). How long can I keep them in water before I must use them? Will they last a day or so at room temperature ...
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How do you properly soak and cook barley?

I am going to be making a beef barley soup and need to soak the pearl barley overnight. There are no directions on the back of the package and so I am unclear on what to do. There is a recipe for a ...
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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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How briny should the water be when soaking broccoli to remove bugs?

I've seen advice to drop homegrown broccoli in a pot of salted water for a while so the bugs come out. What's the right salt:water ratio and how long should I soak?
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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 ...