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ags01
Texas A&M Fan
Member since Mar 2006
3798 posts

To soak the beans or not to soak the beans

Should the beans be soaked overnight for boiling the following day?


Sid in Lakeshore
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2008
24916 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
I soak..... not overnight.

cuts down on cook time.


TypoKnig
Michigan Fan
NOLA
Member since Aug 2011
5292 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
Soak


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LSUEnvy
LSU Fan
Kingwood Tx, via Lake Chuck
Member since May 2011
7735 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
I used to soak but being as I'm a senior citizen I usually forget. Look up the quick soak method or just cookem.


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Eddie Vedder
LSU Fan
The South Plains
Member since Jan 2006
4438 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
I soak most of the time; overnight when i remember, or just a few hours. you can also do a 1 hour quick simmer to get them tender before adding them to the pot with the rest of your ingredients.



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ProjectP2294
Arizona State Fan
South St. Louis city
Member since May 2007
33978 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
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I soak..... not overnight.

cuts down on cook time.


This. Normally, if I get a hankering to cook some beans, I'll put them soaking in the morning to cook them later that day for dinner.


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Layabout
UNO Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jul 2011
8548 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
Camellia--the folks who really know their beans--doesn't call for soaking in any of their recipes. I've been skipping that step for years with no ill effects.


fightin tigers
Downtown Prairieville
Member since Mar 2008
29766 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
My work bean schedule

Separate and wash beans at 5:30
Put on heat at 6:00
Eat beans by 9:00

Never crunchy always creamy


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Tiger Authority
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2007
29475 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
soak for sure


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KingRanch
LSU Fan
The Ranch
Member since Mar 2012
59235 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
Soak


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CITWTT
LSU Fan
baton rouge
Member since Sep 2005
31765 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
Boil in water for five-ten minutes, cover the pot, and let the beans sit in the pot covered for an hour, it achieves the same end. Go heavy on the amount of water used, the beans are going to expand greatly in that time, and the excess can be poured out.


dpd901
LSU Fan
Thibodaux
Member since Apr 2011
2656 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
I used to soak. Now I do a "first Boil" for about 30 minutes till they start to open and softern. Then I drain and rinse in a collander. Come out perfect everytime. Learned that trick at a white bean cook off. The winning teams all did it.


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Darla Hood
LA-Lafayette Fan
Near that place by that other place
Member since Aug 2012
5361 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
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Camellia--the folks who really know their beans--doesn't call for soaking in any of their recipes. I've been skipping that step for years with no ill effects.


Yep. Soaking is unnecessary. I usually bring the beans to a boil and cut off the fire and let them sit for an hour and then start the cooking. I've also skipped this step and the beans still cooked just fine.


Martini
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2005
30328 posts
Online

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
I soak if I remember to but not always and I cannot tell the difference between the two except cook time.


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Blind Boy Grunt
LSU Fan
Member since Mar 2013
822 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
I do. It's like Brining - the bean will be infused with the flavors that you add.


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Darla Hood
LA-Lafayette Fan
Near that place by that other place
Member since Aug 2012
5361 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
CITWIT, I should have read all the posts. My post agrees with your post. :)


fouldeliverer
LSU Fan
Lannisport
Member since Nov 2008
10777 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
Soak


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MeridianDog
Mississippi St. Fan
Home on the range
Member since Nov 2010
6397 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
But Granny Soaked

Sigh



I don't soak either

Usually shower - seems to work fine.


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MeridianDog
Mississippi St. Fan
Home on the range
Member since Nov 2010
6397 posts

re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans
double post

dumb spaz fingers
This post was edited on 3/29 at 8:33 pm


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