Preparing Beans for Cooking

Many times I have heard people say something along the lines of, “I have no idea how to cook beans,” or, ” If you ever need food come over to my house and I’ll give you some beans,” or, “Beans are too hard to cook.”

Beans are not hard to cook, the hardest part about cooking beans is prepping them for cooking, which takes time. Beans have to be soaked before you can cook them. In this post I will explain the quick soak method for preparing beans.

First of all you need your beans. Any kind will do. Pinto, navy, white, red, black, lima, and the list goes on. I am using pinto beans, these make re-fried beans by the way.


Rinsing the beans


The first step is to put your beans in a colander and rinse them off. Nice action shot huh? You’re rinsing off any dirt or whatever could be on your beans. You also need to sort through your beans. You do this to look for any stones, bugs, maybe even diamonds? I honestly can’t say why beans would have stones in them since they grow up off of the ground, but I have indeed found stones in dry beans. It must be a result of big harvesting.

Next put your beans in a pot and then put 6-8 cups of water in that pot.

Cover the beans with water


Many older recipes will say to just cover the beans with water, or cover the beans with an inch of water. You can do it anyway you want. What we now need to do for this to be the “quick soak” method is to bring this water to a boil.


Double, double, toil and troubles, beans boil, and the water bubbles


When your water is boiling, boil it for two minutes. Then turn the heat off.


Cover it up


Remove the pot from the heat and put the lid on the pot. You are going to let this sit there for 1 hour. Turn on your egg timer or whatever timer you use and then go read a book.

This is what the beans will look like after that hour. The water will be tinted bean color and the beans will have absorbed quite a bit of the water.




The final step in preparing beans for cooking is to drain all that bean-soaking water. You now have beans you can cook with. Beans have to be soaked before you can cook with them. Don’t try to skip soaking your beans. You can’t do it.

Beans are an inexpensive and high in fiber food that serves up protein without beheading a chicken. So the next time you’re short on cash and you need some food head over to the dry beans and pick some up!


About Ashe

I always said my dream job would be to get paid for sitting in a corner and drawing all day long. Now, I have to ammend that idea of my dream job. I think I would like to sit in a corner and be able to get paid for drawing and writing.
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