This Cheat Sheet Shows You The Right Soaking Times for Dried Beans

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Cooking with dried beans instead of canned beans has its advantages. Find the right soaking times for a variety of beans with this handy little cheat sheet by WonderHowTo.

Canned beans are convenient because you can cook them right out of the can, but they may not be as healthy for you as soaking dried beans. Yumi Sakugawa at WonderHowTo suggests:

Canned beans may contain preservatives and sodium detrimental to your health, while soaking dried beans before cooking helps the beans retain their maximum nutritional benefits before consumption.

The cheat sheet lists 15 types of beans along with their recommended soaking and cooking times. For beans that require overnight soaking, like pinto beans, you can always try the quick-soak method to shorten the wait time to an hour or so. For the full cheat sheet, hit the link below.

The Dried Beans Cheat Sheet: Soaking & Cooking Times for 15 Different Beans | WonderHowTo

This Cheat Sheet Shows You The Right Soaking Times for Dried Beans

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Quick-Soak Dried Beans in One Hour with a Short Boil

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Quick-Soak Dried Beans in One Hour with a Short BoilS

Before making your favorite chilli or hummus, you need to soak the beans overnight. But if you forgot, there’s no reason to reach for a can. You can get a similar effect in an hour with some boiling water, according to The Kitchn.

The method is pretty simple: rinse the beans and soak them in about two inches of water in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, cook the beans for a minute and then remove the pot off the heat. Cover with a lid, soak for an hour and then drain them.

This quick-soak method shortcuts the hours of waiting by first bringing the beans to a boil, then letting them soak in the hot water for about an hour. This doesn’t actually cook the beans — they’re not ready to eat quite yet — but this puts your beans at the starting line, just as if you’d soaked them overnight.

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How To Quick-Soak Dried Beans In Just One Hour | The Kitchn

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