CITWTT LSU Fan baton rouge Member since Sep 2005 29055 posts
re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans (Posted on 3/29/13 at 5:12 pm to ags01)
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 1711 posts
re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans (Posted on 3/29/13 at 5:14 pm to ags01)
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.
Darla Hood LA-Lafayette Fan Near that place by that other place Member since Aug 2012 3958 posts
re: To soak the beans or not to soak the beans (Posted on 3/29/13 at 5:22 pm to Layabout)
quote: 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.