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Modifying Pressure Cooker Timing for Beans

According to the Ninja Foodi FD402 pressure cooker guide, one can make 2 pounds of dry beans using the following instructions: But, 2 pounds of beans is quite a lot. I am wondering, could I half or ...
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Why are soaked dried soy beans cooked before fermenting?

Is it necessary to cook soaked dried soy beans before fermenting them?
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Can beans be overcooked?

Can beans be overcooked? Coffee beans, for example, are incredibly roasted. Falafel is baked or fried garbanzo beans. Is it possible to overcook beans, or is this good for breaking down the sugars, ...
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Are red beans supposed to look pruney when soaking?

I'm a teen trying to cook for himself and I wanted to make some red beans and rice. After I boiled the water, I started soaking the red beans and in just 5-8 minutes, the beans pruned up like your ...
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Can I use baking powder to soften dry beans or chickpeas? [duplicate]

Dry beans or chickpeas don't easily soften up after boiling. Can I use baking powder (not baking soda) to soften dry beans or chickpeas?
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When soaking beans, should I throw away the floating ones?

Soaking beans before cooking is a widespread practice. Another widespread practice is, before cooking rice, to spread it on a flat surface and remove stones or rotting grains. After soaking beans, ...
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what about peanuts that makes them more nut like than bean like?

As we all know, peanuts are actually legumes and not nuts. But they taste and function much more like nuts. They can be cooked quickly like nuts while beans take a long time to cook. What about their ...
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After soaking beans for 4 hours shall I peel the separated peelings off or cook them along with the beans?

I soaked white beans for 4 hours, shall I pull the peelings off that are separating from the beans, or cook the peeling as well?
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Most energy-efficient way to cook beans

I am wanting to cook relatively small portions of dry beans but am not sure what kind of equipment to buy. My main concern is energy efficiency: I expect to cook a lot of individual portions over the ...
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Can I freeze soaked+boiled (but not fully cooked) kidney beans?

I soaked too many beans for my chilli, and couldn't fit them all in my slow cooker. The kidney beans were the last to go in due to their need for a hard boil, so they're what's left. I won't have the ...
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Can fresh (frozen) beans be added directly to stew?

I am making a pressure cooker stew and have frozen butter beans that I would like to add. Since I generally use dried beans, my typical process would be to soak the beans overnight, cook them ...
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Do I need to soak fresh beans?

I have scarlet runner beans in my garden this year. I just picked my first batch of dry pods and shelled them. Most of the recipes I find online assume that you are buying or using dry beans and call ...
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How many grams is "1 can" of beans?

There is a recipe for bean burgers which I am trying to make. The recipe calls for 1 can of beans. First of all, bean cans are typically measured in milliliters. Second of all, they come in various ...
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For what dishes I should wash starch off red lentils?

I usually wash grains and beans before using them. I wonder how/for what dishes I should wash red lentils? When I washed them, the water looks "soapy" (lots of foam) until I change it cr. 8 ...
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Can I eat kidney bean leaves?

Are kidney bean leaves safe to eat? Are there limits as to what stage they become unsafe? Like, I can eat them young but not old? Can I eat them raw or must I cook them?
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Non-fat way of preventing legumes from frothing during canning

I have been adding fat to each jar of canned legumes to prevent frothing during processing (pressure canning). The fat looks unappetizing in the final product, especially if the beans are used cold ...
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Lentils and barley used together

In Polish Sausage Lentil soup, can I use some barley to replace some lentils - can I mix the two? Same question only opposite - in Turkey, Tomato, Barley soup, can I also use some lentils?
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Dried garbanzo beans not expanding when soaked

I recently tried soaking dried garbanzo beans for the first time. The 'quick soak' method which involved boiling them for 5 minutes and then letting them sit an hour didn't seen to change their ...
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Can I shorten bean soaking time if they'll be slow cooked?

I'm making something using butter beans (fasiola gigandes) which will be cooked for a long time (12+ hours) in a casserole dish with liquid covering them. Normally I would soak the beans first for a ...
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How to safely refreeze cooked beans? [duplicate]

I have cooked a kilo of black eye beans and made a meal with half of them. I intend to freeze the rest (the other half) to make another meal next week and freeze them for later meals. This last step ...
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Grinding coffee beans in the Olde Time Nut Grinder, now sold by Hampton Farms?

Has anyone tried to grind coffee beans in the Hampton Farms peanut butter machine? It seems to me that it would work well. Thanks. Larry
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Adding citrus to stew while cooking or after

I am trying to reverse engineer a recipe for a fava bean stew from the list of ingredients on a ready-to-eat can. The can, as well as every other (middle eastern) instance of fava beans I've had, was ...
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Tenderizing fava bean skin without overcooking inside

For the umpteenth time I'm going to give fava beans a try, never having achieved satisfactory results thus far. I love them when someone else makes them, or even the canned ones ready to eat at my ...
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Are these Red Beans or Red Kidney beans?

Hello I would like to ask the community, if this the kidney beans are (which are good for rajma) or these are the red beans. The package says RED BEANS only.. Thank you
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What is the difference between kidney beans, navy beans, and black turtle beans?

I want to know the difference between what I think are similar bean types: kidney beans, navy beans, and black turtle beans. I know that these beans come from the same plant, are almost the same ...
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Shelf life and preservation of home soaked and drained black beans

I am looking to see if I can avoid store bought tin of black beans for our Mexican recipes, we typically decide suddenly to make a Mexican dish and usually dont have soaked beans handy. Is it possible ...
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Dried beans, cooked in an acidic sauce, haven't softened enough - can I do anything now?

I know why my beans haven't softened - I was adapting a recipe (that calls for tinned beans) to use dried - and there's vinegar in the sauce. I soaked an assortment of beans from different packs ...
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Do pinto beans just ferment quickly? [duplicate]

I make bulk pinto beans as follows: Soak beans overnight in salty water Cook until tender, adding chopped onion and Serrano pepper Drain completely, place onto baking sheet to cool (~100F, this takes ...
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Can I use unpasteurized store bought miso to make more miso?

I have some leftover chickpeas and red beans that I was thinking of making into a miso paste, but I don't have any koji and don't want to go searching multiple stores in the middle of a pandemic. Can ...
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Some beans are not cooked [duplicate]

I am cooking beans Vigna mungo , after soaking beans in water overnight. I realized that when i cooked them in morning for 20 minutes in pressure cook, there are very few beans are still as hard as ...
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Tips and advice for cooking a bean recipe in the oven

The other week I tried cooking the braised carrots, date and chickpea recipe from Ottolenghi, published on the Guardian that I have put below. It was delicious and super easy. As someone who doesn't ...
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Cook chickpeas directly in soup?

I just started cooking dried chickpeas in my pressure cooker. It made me wonder... I have some soup recipes that I make in my IP that call for canned chick peas. At first I was subbing in my cooked ...
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Soaked chickpeas overnight 12 hours not plump

The dried chickpeas had two methods for soaking. Boiling and soaking, about 2hrs, and soaking overnight. I placed chickpeas in bowl of water overnight in fridge for about 12 hrs. They still seam "...
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Why do canned beans have less FODMAPs than dried beans?

Several sources have claimed that canned beans (after discarding the water in the can) are significantly lower in FODMAPs, particularly galacto-oligosaccharides, compared to cooked dried lentils. I'm ...
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My beans have an al dente texture after cooking. Is this indicitive of undercooking? [duplicate]

I wouldn't call it hard by mouthfeel, but after using the boil and soak method on some dried pinto beans and cooking in a chili pot for 1.5 hours,
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What can I do with soaked beans that I can't use right away?

I started soaking some dried black beans in water and salt in preparation to make delicious beans and rice tomorrow. However my wife has informed me that we have a previous engagement tomorrow and ...
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How to prevent/slow down fava beans from turning to darker color?

I usually make fava beans from dry beans, I simmer them in plain water for hours. Right after they are cooked they are bright green and have a very fresh delicious taste, but after letting it cool the ...
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How to properly soak urad beans?

So today I tried one of my (as I have recently learned not so genuine) Indian dishes: Dal Makhni (also Dal Makhani). There are different recipes, some mix urad beans with red kidney beans, I went for ...
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Bean based stew. Alternative to tomatoe sauce

The basic bean meat chilli is as follows Brown Garlic + Onion + ground meat (any) + boiled beans + tomato sauce + spices (e.g. chilli powder etc). Now I want to know if there another sauce that can ...
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How to Sous Vide Dried Beans Safely

I would like to try to cook some dried, red kidney beans via sous vide but am having difficulty finding anything authoritative on how to do this safely. If you google "cooking beans safely" most ...
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soy milk production with no beany flavor

does anyone know how big industries like Silk are producing soy drinks with no beany flavor? I read that a you should soak beans in boioling water (which temperature? for how many minutes?) in order ...
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Beans should not be served with potatoes? [closed]

Huffington Post writes: Potatoes conflict with digestion of the beans, so avoid eating them in the same meal. Is this true? I couldn't find any reliable source.
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Should beans be drained after cooking?

I cook beans and then eat them (usually without adding anything else). I know that soaking water for beans should be drained. However, I haven't seen anything definitive about the water that the beans ...
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Can you eat beans after using them as pie weights?

I'm making a recipe that involves using pie weights when pre-baking a pie crust, and suggests using dried beans as an alternative if you don't have purpose-made pie weights. Can you eat the beans ...
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Can I eat beans that have had weeevils in it?

I put two cups of beans to soak overnight. The morning after, I realized there were dead weevils floating in the water. Should I eat the beans after cleaning them or is it better to just throw them ...
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In Chinese cuisine, are the black beans fermented in Black Bean sauce?

I was wondering what type of flavour the black beans add to black bean sauce. Can they be switched for pinto beans or kidney beans? Is there a process such as fermentation that the beans undergo ...
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Besides soy, can other types of beans be fermented?

Besides soy beans, can other types of beans be fermented?
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Can dried beans be pickled/fermented?

Can dry beans, when soaked, be pickled/fermented, such as in vinegar or brine? Or would there be too much phytic acid in them?
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Cooking beans in soaking water [duplicate]

I always drain the water I soaked the beans in overnight and cook them in fresh water. But I've been noticing that the water gets a mild dye of the beans so I was wondering if I'm throwing parts of ...
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How to warm up canned beans?

A recipe is asking for "canned black beans, drained, rinsed and warmed". I've never just heated up beans by themselves. How do I warm up these beans without using a microwave? Do I heat them up in a ...
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