Friday, December 11, 2009

How to quick soak dried beans

Dried beans are a wonderful staple for your home, but do require some planning since they need to be soaked. One way to remedy the "I forgot to soak the beans" dilemma is to use the quick soak method. Its very simple...
Take the beans you need and wash them, removing any dirt and pebbles. For every cup of beans you are cooking, use 2 cups of cold water. So, for 3 cups of beans, cover with 6 cups of water. If the pot is so big that the beans are not completely covered, add more water. Do not salt the water, this will slow the cooking process and the beans will be tough. Cover and put on high heat, bringing them to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, then remove from heat, leaving covered and let them set for at least 1 hour. Drain and then cook as required by the recipe. Easy-Peasy.

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