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Pressure cooker and dried beans & legume question.

I live in a hard water area. Would a pressure cooker make a difference in tenderizing or is it a water issue? I don't add salt when preparing so that's not the problem.

asked by T.T. over 3 years ago
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3d9a3882 c161 441f 8a91 0efd10979f7c  2007 09 11e s4
added over 3 years ago

Cooking beans in very hard water is nigh on to impossible. With just slightly hard water, a pressure cooker may help, but it will still take a long time. My suggestion is to use bottled filtered water, but *not* distilled water. With filtered watrer she will be able to use your recipe and end up with the same great beans you make!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 3 years ago

When you say bottled filtered water do you mean that it is void of minerals in general?

0429ac74 3511 4859 a027 f54dd7e9f90f  6 14 4 053
added over 3 years ago

Most commercial bottled ,filtered water is basic city tap water. It's not hard.

3d9a3882 c161 441f 8a91 0efd10979f7c  2007 09 11e s4
added over 3 years ago

thirteenj is right. Most bottled drinking water is city water from wherever it was bottled that has been filtered one way or another. I would reiterate, though, not to use "distilled" water. Some people say distilled water gives the beans an "off" flavor.
On the other hand, some people have hadluck adding baking soda to the water, between 1 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon for the whole pot, depending on the hardness of the water. I've never tried that trick, though.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 3 years ago

Thanks for the feed back folks! I've really missed having a good pot of bean and such.
I will try bottled water.

7b500f1f 3219 4d49 8161 e2fc340b2798  flower bee
added over 3 years ago

It might be helpful to get a pitcher with built-in replaceable filter--that way you won't have to worry about recycling the plastic bottles. Or a faucet filter would be of help as well. The basic ones only neutralize chlorine but there are some that come with filters which also soften the water.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 3 years ago

So much great information. I think a pitcher that softens water would be a great addition to my kitchen "toys"