By Tish on January 06, 2003
"There are two steps to cooking beans: soaking and cooking. Soaking allows dried beans to absorb water; which makes them start to dissolve the gaseous starches that can cause discomfort. Cooking beans makes them tender and digestible. And rinsing them after soaking and draining any water after cooking will further help to reduce the gas-producing starches."
Serving Size: 1 (2370 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"This recipe gives all the different ways that can be used for preparing dry beans. I used it to make a Black Bean recipe and it does really help. Thank you Tish."
"Thanks for the bean basics - I have jars of beans that I never cook just because I'm not sure what to do. I had bought a variety of dried beans for jar soup gifts but now I can cook some for myself."
"This recipe was exactly what I've been searching for. Back to the basics! It is a good way to start working with beans, while keeping costs down. Thank you!"
"Great explanations for a beginner. I like beans, but haven't really made them before. This is exactly what I'm looking for. Why buy canned beans when dried beans cost you pennies - plus you can easily mix and match!"
"Dried beans 101--thanks for taking the time to post this--it is awesome. Beans turned out great!"
"Great technique to cook dried beans. I had never cooked dried beans before so tried this method. This worked for me using the quick soak method. I froze the beans for future recipes."
"THANK YOU, Tish! These are great instructions! I just got done with some garbanzos and have some black beans soaking (traditional method) to cook up this evening. I'm freezing my beans in "1 can" servings so I can quickly use them in recipes....SO much cheaper than buying them canned! Thanks again for the great instructions!"
"This is clear, precise and easy to follow directions for a someone new to cooking beans. THANK YOU."
"This is a super resource for information about cooking beans, thanks for posting this! I felt very confident cooking dried beans after reading through this. :)"
"Thank you! Worked great! Finally, I have a reasonable method to avoid all that salt in canned beans!"
"I agree with mayness in that this is an excellent resource. I thought I lost the recipe as my 'favorites' got deleted when I updated my computer. I found it pretty easily though. I love this site!
It's been over two years since I posted this review and I still use this recipe more that any other. Thank you Tish!"
"I used the quick soak method with kidney beans and froze the leftovers. They were really "grainy" textured when I used them a few days later, I won't be freezing beans again! But otherwise this was very helpful, I never had much luck with dry beans. Thanks for sharing."
"Thanks so much for this! I infamously suck at soaking beans ahead of time...But I really hate paying for canned. Will use the quickie method over and over!"
"I had always used canned beans and this is so much better. I did the traditional soak the first time and quick soak for the second time and both times, they came out perfectly. Thank you!"
"Thank you for posting this really informative recipe....methods, really! I used to always just buy canned beans, but comparing prices....ouch! (Especially now!) Thanks for taking the time to post this--it's very educational!"
"just what I needed to know about cooking dried beans. Thanks!"
"I have used this method for 2 or 3 types of beans and it is always a success. Thanks Tish."
"Thank you! Very informative and usefull information on cooking beans."