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Sunday, May 16, 2010

No-Gas Beans

  • Beans are a staple of a plant-based diet. To avoid the gas associated with eating beans I soak dry beans in water overnight before cooking them.
  • Discard soaking water and rinse the soaked beans before cooking them.
  • Beans can be left to soak on the counter or in the refrigerator.
  • The beans will expand as they absorb water. I add more soaking water as needed to keep the beans covered.
  • If I don't have time to cook the beans the day after their soak, I rinse and store in zip-bag or airtight container in fridge for an extra day before cooking.
  • Soaking the beans allows them to rehydrate so they will cook and soften.
  • To cook, boil the beans until tender. Drain and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze extra cooked beans to have on hand for future recipes.

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