Questions tagged [beans]

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

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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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Does removing the hull from beans reduce fiber?

Does removing the hull from beans reduce fiber content?
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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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Is there any way to counteract the calcium chloride included in most canned beans?

All the beans I can find in the local supermarkets have calcium chloride in them, which helps them retain their firmness. But I want soft beans. Yes, I can cook my own beans from dry, but sometimes ...
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Sodium in canned beans and legumes

I was looking at some cans of black beans and chickpeas I had. They both had higher sodium than I would have expected. Much higher than non-canned varieties. I am wondering where does that sodium ...
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Can I make “falafel” with different beans?

I grow several types of beans in the garden, but the growing season is too short for chick peas. If I use a different bean - e.g., kidney, navy, cannelini, turtle (black) beans - do I need to make ...
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Accidently put dried red kidney beans in chili without soaking, What to do?

I'm new to cooking with beans, and I accidentally cooked dried kidney beans with my chili without soaking them first. Do I just let them cook for a long period of time, or am I in danger of getting ...
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Cooking Small White Navy's giving me issues [duplicate]

how long must I cook small white navy beans in my soup to get soft? Seems like it is taking too long. So far I have cooked 4 hours!
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Does Pressure cook work for hard to soften soybeans?

I do not have a pressure cook in my house. But the soybean I bought remains really hard after soaking for 24 hours and boiled for 1 hour. I saw someone saying that some old beans will never soften no ...
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Are kidney beans that split and wrinkle during soaking process safe to consume?

After 5 hours of soaking I find my dried kidney beans' skin wrinkled and some split in two, however my main concern is phytohaemagglutinin and the fact now that some beans are split open and lost ...
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Canned beans contain no liquid?

I recently opened two cans of pinto beans from the same brand (whole foods organic). One can looked perfectly normal with a fair amount of liquid and no visible beans until drained. The second can ...
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Which dried pulses, when stored long term, become hard to soften?

I'm trying to figure out which dried pulses store the best, as some are reputed to reach a state where they never fully soften. In an old answer by Joe, the US Dry Bean Council says: Dry beans ...
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How to cook dried red beans faster?

I bought some dried red beans from the supermarket. I learned that in order to cook them well, I need more time. I have to soak them in cold water for one night, then cook for another two or three ...
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How can I use bitter or hard water for cooking and specially in soaking beans?

How can I use hard water (with a bitter taste) for cooking and especially to soak dry beans. Normally beans do not soak well in hard (bitter) water. In that case, what should I do?
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How long does it take to cook beans without soaking overnight?

I want to ask that beans are cooked without soaking overnight.What temperature and time is required for perfectly cooked beans without soaking .
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Can't get beans to cook to tender [duplicate]

I’m having a horrible time trying to get beans cooked to be tender and not bitter. Overnight soaking and rapid soak methods aren’t making any difference. If I add anything to the cooking process, it’...
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Is there any advantage to cooking beans in a pressure cooker, besides saving time?

I cook beans quite frequently, and typically soak them overnight then cook them the next day. I don't find that particularly laborious, so I've always wondered why people use pressure cookers. Are ...
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Using garbanzo flour instead of canned garbanzo beans

If I wanted to substitute chickpea flour for a can of garbanzo beans in a recipe, how would I prepare the flour? should I mix a amount of water with it and cook it? and if so how much water? Here's ...
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Picking through dried beans - many discoloured ones - moldy?

I was picking through some dried white beans and found a lot of discoloured ones, way more than usual. They smell fine. Does this mean that they are old (best before date is a long way away) or just ...
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Why do my mung beans turn from green to dark brown in a rice cooker?

I use a rice cooker like the one shown below to cook dried mung beans and red beans (Adzuki beans) as well as rice of course. After boiling and cooking, the rice cooker switches to a stable hot ...
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How Can One Safely (in a Manner That Rids of Toxins) Cook Red Kidney Beans in a Pressure Cooker?

Since the chili bean mix that I have includes red kidney beans, and since kidney beans contain a very high amount of toxin in them, and will cause severe gastrointestinal illness if the kidney beans ...
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How can I know if it's worth cooking a Very Old (10 Years) Chili Bean Mixture Containing Red Kidney Beans?

I had 24-oz. bags of chili mix beans that consist of red kidney beans, navy beans, cranberry beans, and black beans, and which have been stored in our pantry in their original, unopened, plastic bag ...
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Cooking pinto beans in a pressure cooker

So I have read some of the questions and answers regarding soaking and cooking pinto beans and I am still trying to figure out the best process for my needs. I cook a bunch of pinto beans at one time ...
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Cooking kidney beans in a slow cooker, how do I make sure they're safe?

I'm making 15 bean soup from a bagged dry bean mix that contains red kidney beans. Following the instructions, I soaked them overnight and threw out the water, but then thought I'd be clever and throw ...
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Why do beans squeak?

We had some green beans in a chicken dish, and despite being well-cooked, they still squeaked against the teeth. Its not an unpleasent sensation, but it doesn't really blend with the other foods. ...
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Preserving colour of mixed beans

I'd like to make a colourful dish from mixed dried beans. After soaking the beans overnight they still have rich and varied colours and patterns, but I'm told that beans should always be cooked before ...
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peeling black eyed peas for acaraje (fritters)

Acaraje (similar to vada or vadai etc) are fritters from a batter of soaked ground black eyed peas. The hard part is removing the peels. I gave up rubbing + rinsing at 75% peeled and the result was ...
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Slow cooked ham hock black eyed peas

Getting ready for some New Year’s eve cooking. I want a hearty black eyed peas casserole, which I’ll be throwing into the crockpot tonight with a couple smoked ham hocks (a first try for me). I want ...
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Red kidney beans, break up long cooking time

Since they take so long to cook I was wondering if I could do something like cook them half the time one night and then finish cooking them the rest of the time in the morning or if there would be ...
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What can I substitute for lady cream peas without noticeable flavor change?

I was emailed a recipe by a friend -- she'd like me to cook a Strawberry and Lemon White Bean Bundt Cake. One of the ingredients is going to be a problem, though: 1/2 pound Camellia Brand Lady ...
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Canned green and yellow beans [closed]

I have cooked the beans drained and boiled water filled hot jars boiled water bath for the right time .They sealed and days later popped seal I then feed my hens but that was for us not them
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Should beans for making flour be soaked?

I am considering trying to make my own bean flour from black/pinto/red beans, for use in pasta. I cannot find any references to soaking first, all recipes just says to grind them into flour. Except ...

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