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    sara larsen
    Mon Mar 18, 2002 6:46 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I once heard that you could put baking soda in beans (white, kidney, pinto, etc.) to help prevent gas. I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this? How much do you use?
    Mon Mar 18, 2002 7:06 pm Groupie
    It is not a good idea. Besides adding a soapy flavor it leaches out nutrients.
    Mon Mar 18, 2002 8:51 pm Groupie
    supposedly cooking them with bay leaves helps
    Mon Mar 18, 2002 10:01 pm
    Forum Host
    I was told that if you drain the beans after soaking and then cook them in fresh water they will be less gassy.
    Mon Mar 18, 2002 10:03 pm Groupie
    Hey there-Beano works, but that takes all the fun out of it! Di

    Stop thinking gross and just admit it!
    Mary Scheffert
    Tue Mar 19, 2002 11:08 am Groupie
    I have also heard that mashing some of the beans in the pot helps--???--never tried it myself.

    "Beans, beans, the musical fruit ..."
    (I think you know the rest!)
    Tue Mar 19, 2002 12:28 pm
    Forum Host
    What really works (and I am serious here) is to eat them OFTEN. I have them almost every day and have no problems at all. (Well at least *I* don't think so!)
    Tue Mar 19, 2002 1:11 pm Groupie
    I have heard that too about baking soda but dont know the mixture. I know mushy peas are made with baking soda and are really good. I dont get the soapy taste, you dont have it in baking so why beans? I have a book at home I will have a look in tonight and see if it says.
    Elizabeth Fullerton
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:41 pm Groupie
    I have used the baking soda and have had no bad results i.e. soapy taste. It did seem to remove the gas. I used one tablespoon.
    Wed Mar 20, 2002 1:06 pm Groupie
    a grated carrot added to beans while they are cooking will help with your gas problem. Baking soda distroys nutrients.
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