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How do you Cook Dried Beans Using the Quick-Soak Method?

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I love to cook dried beans using the quick-soak method. Every time I soak beans overnight intending to cook them the next day, something always comes up and the soaked beans never get cooked!

This quick-soak method involves pre-soaking dried beans in boiling water until they’re moist all the way through (this softens them, helps keep them intact, and curbs their gassy effects) and then gently cooking them until tender.


Beans Quick-Soak Method:

  1. Place dried beans in a colander. Rinse under cold water while picking out any shrivelled beans or tiny stones.
  2. Place beans in a pot and cover with boiling water (2 inches above the level of the beans). Cover and let stand for 1-2 hours. The beans have finished soaking when they’ve doubled in size and are moist all the way through (bite into the bean to check).
  3. Drain beans and discard the soaking liquid.
  4. Place beans back in the pot and cover them with cold water (2 inches above the level of the beans). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the beans are tender. Check every 30 minutes for doneness (smaller beans will take less time to cook than larger ones). Gently cook until you like the way they taste. If necessary, add more water.

 

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