How To Soak Beans

How To Soak Beans

Lots of recipes that use beans ask you to soak them first before cooking.
Most of us ask why and for how long Here is a quick video tip to get you started.

Traditional soaking method:
-Place the beans in a bowl / pot 2x the volume of the beans you'll be soaking (if soaking 1 cup of beans put them in a bowl at least 2 cups in size)
-Pour in twice as much cold water.
-Soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
-Drain and rinse the beans before cooking.

Of course, just because grandma did it...
For the most part the pre-soak isn't needed, and can even reduce the bean flavour of the beans. Of course you may have to tweak your recipes a bit by adding extra liquid if you don't pre soak - a small price to pay for better flavour, colour, and texture.

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