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How long exactly is an "overnight" soak of beans, and should I simply add enough cool water to cover them?

I'm planning to make Boston baked beams on a slow cooker. Thanks in advance!

asked by mwb about 6 years ago

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westindya
added about 6 years ago

beans absorbed most of the water they are going to take in within four hours. therefore, you can put the beans in water right before going to bed and they will be ready for cooking in the morning. if you are soaking one cup of beans cover it with 1.5 cups of water as the beans will well during the soaking process.
*happy cooking*

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Cody,Buchholz
added about 6 years ago

Most beans should be rehydrated before cooking as some can be poisonous if eatin dry. Eg. red (kidney) beans.

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ChefOno
added about 6 years ago


It's not hydration that's at issue but rather the cooking temperature.

Some beans, kidney in particular, contain a toxin that requires a hard 10-minute boil to deactivate. Since it's unclear as to which beans contain the toxin and in what amounts, the USDA recommends bringing all types to a boil: See paragraph 11:

http://www.fda.gov/Food...

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