Soaking dried beans

Informed Papa and I consume a fair amount of canned beans and legumes. Since learning that canned foods contain bisphenol A (BPA) (there are plenty of links about this matter, here’s another one) I’ve been experimenting with soaking and cooking dried beans. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I can’t get them super soft. Maybe they just aren’t meant to be as soft as we’ve come to expect from always eating the canned variety.

I’m going to try cooking them in the slow cooker to see if that is more effective. In my hunting around online to learn more about soaking and cooking beans, I learned something about red kidney beans containing a toxic agent when not fully cooked. Eep! Here is an article about it. To avoid that, I’m going to have to soak them overnight, boil for ten minutes, and THEN add to the slow cooker. If you have any great recipes that use dried beans, please share with me!

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5 Responses to Soaking dried beans

  1. Phoenix says:

    There are some on IP. I think you might find them in the what’s for dinner thread.

  2. motherwho says:

    Hi again! Can’t count all the similarities here!! Last year I started using dried beans to avoid the BPA in cans – a lot more organising and time but feel it’s worth it! Although I do cheat from time to time… anyway, I have the Wholefood for Children book by Jude Bleureux (I think that’s how you spell… I’m in bed and book in kitchen!!) anyway she has a whole section on beans and how long to cook each for, etc. They take a surprisingly long time to cook properly – eg. soaking overnight and then cooking for 3 hours or more… Anyway, it’s a great book, would highly recommend it! L

  3. Mama Gringa says:

    Would love to hear how you went with this. When we lived in Cusco for three months we lived off canned beans, lentils because we just couldn’t get the dried beans to the texture we loved. Even now, I just don’t want to waste any food in experimenting and failing.

  4. Ebony says:

    Hey what is the bpa in? The metal? What about the cans of organic stuff that is coated in white stuff? Is that where the bpa is?

    • informedmama says:

      Yup, the BPA is in the lining of the cans. I can’t comment on the white lining as I don’t know about it, but I guess if it stated as BPA free on the packaging then it might be ok. Personally, I don’t think any of that stuff has been tested for long-term safety, and prefer to purchase products packaged in glass.

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