Dried Beans, No Soaking?


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The New York Times claims that you can skip the tedious soaking step when cooking dried beans and still have flavorful beans. I know that I often forget to soak, which means I don’t make beans. I might experiment with skipping the soaking step, although I find it curious that every other recipe is wrong on this score. What do you think?

via A Good Appetite – Dried Beans, Flavorful Without Soaking – NYTimes.com.



4 thoughts on “Dried Beans, No Soaking?

  1. Rebecca Haughn 2 November 2010 at 9:45 am

    I also do not soak overnight that is. I am a stay at home mom so I just boil them in the first bit of water, then drain. Then I refill with water and cook with epazote to take care of the gassiness problem for hubby. Works well and does not take the extra step the night before. Which is ok to do just at times life dictates other actions. Would like more info from your post though, to be sure I understand their intent. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Erika Pruski 6 November 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I’m dubious….but hopeful and willing to give it a try. Like you, I always go for canned because I can’t seem to plan early enough to do the overnight soak. I think I’ll try the recipe this week and see how it turns out.

  3. Shannon 7 November 2010 at 9:22 am

    Would love to know what your results are.

  4. dabblinginthekitchen 1 December 2010 at 1:42 pm

    My mom used to pressure cook the beans in water for 15-20 mins whenever she forgot to soak it. However, she said, soaking keeps its unique taste and boiling looses it..

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