How to cook healthy with beans
Dry beans are hard to cook if you are in a hurry. But there are cheat sheets of how to cook dry beans anywhere on the web. If you hadn’t realised by now Dry beans are nutritious, delicious and so versatile that it’s almost a sin not to take advantage of them.
How to cook your favourite beans
Among my top favourite beans are kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils. I am European, and I am used to a lot with the specific Turkish and Lebanese cuisine that smells great and uses them in big amount. They have an amazing lentils soup with all the oriental spices and lemon and the hummus is amazing and always made fresh. But, how to they manage to prepare daily the goodies? With a few secrets!
- Salt aids softening the beans. A good soak in salted water can fix a hard-to-cook batch of beans.
- Sugar inhibits softening beans, so adding a sugar to long-cooking beans prevents mushiness.
- Acids prevent softening beans. Add tomato sauce once the beans are tender.
- Add a couple of spoons of baking soda in boiling water. Helps the cooking process.
Helpful chart of how to long to cook dried beans
|type of bean||condition||water||cooking time|
|adzuki||unsoaked||4 cups||90 minutes|
|adzuki||soaked||4 cups||60 minutes|
|black (turtle)||soaked||4 cups||90 minutes|
|black-eyed||soaked||3 cups||60 minutes|
|chickpeas||soaked||4 cups||2 to 3 hours|
|Great Northern||soaked||3 cups||90 minutes|
|kidneys||soaked||3 cups||60 minutes|
|lentils||unsoaked||3 cups||60 to 90 minutes|
|lentils||soaked||3 cups||45 minutes|
|lima||soaked||3 cups||60 minutes|
|navy||soaked||3 cups||60 minutes|
|pinto||soaked||3 cups||2 to 2-1/2 hours|
|soy||soaked||4 cups||3 to 4 hours|
|split peas||soaked||3 cups||45 minutes|
How To Quick-Soak Dried Beans
- Transfer the rinsed beans into the saucepan and cover with water.
- Rinse your favorite beans in running cold water and drain after.
- Boil the beans for 1 minute, then remove the pot from the heat.
- Cover the pan with a lid and let them soak for 1 hour.
- Drain the beans into a colander, rinse and begin to cook he like your tummy desires.
And here is a great Pinterest chart of How to cook beans from Kriss Carr